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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

Graded Recaps

Bayern romps in Pennsylvania Derby, Cal Chrome sixth

Bayern proved again he's extremely dangerous when left alone on the lead (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

In a virtual re-run of his Haskell Invitational victory in July, Bayern was left alone on an uncontested lead over a track that had favored speed most of the day and cruised home the easiest of winners in the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing on Saturday.

Left in his wake, among others, was Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, who struggled home sixth in the field of eight in his first start since his Triple Crown bid was foiled in the Belmont Stakes on June 7.

Setting a leisurely pace of :24 and :47 4/5 while being chased by longshot C J's Awesome and California Chrome, who raced along the inside, Bayern began to turn up the heat approaching the far turn, expanding his lead to 1 1/2 lengths through six furlongs in 1:10 4/5. Urged along by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome had little to offer passing the quarter pole and Bayern eventually scooted away in the stretch.

Opening up a three-length advantage at the eighth pole, Bayern coasted home by 5 3/4 lengths under Martin Garcia to take the 1 1/8-mile feature in 1:46 4/5, shaving one-fifth of a second off a track record set by Selari Spirit in the 1974 Hessian Handicap during the track's inaugural season.

"That was just a powerful performance," said winning trainer Bob Baffert via telephone from California. "He broke well and they let us go and Martin hustled to get away from California Chrome. When California Chrome was pinned in there I knew it was going be tough for California Chrome. He was the target -- we weren't the target. When Bayern runs like that, nobody's going to beat him.

"If you look at him, he doesn't look like a horse that's going to run a mile and an eighth, a mile and a quarter; he's sort of a compact horse. He must have a big heart and a big set of lungs and he carries his speed."

Tapiture, a three-time graded stakes winner this season including last month's West Virginia Derby over Candy Boy, beat that deep-closing rival again on Saturday, but for second by a head. Longshots Noble Moon and C J's Awesome finished a dead heat for fourth, with 9-10 favorite California Chrome sixth. Protonico and Classic Giacnroll rounded out the order of finish.

Espinoza blamed the riding tactics of other jockeys in part for California Chrome's defeat.

"The other riders, they worried about me, they didn't worry about the one in the front, and I knew I was in trouble in the first turn," Espinoza said. "They were like blocking in front of me, and it was hard to catch the other horse. Sometimes the other ones don't ride to win, they ride to beat horses.

"I was really desperate and behind, but there was nothing I could do at that point. I mean, to see those fractions, and they're walking, and I knew I was in trouble as soon as I hit the first turn. The other horses slowed down in front of me, and everybody slowed down. Some things, you can't do much at that point. Hopefully, he can make it in the end, but I noticed in the first turn I was completely up against it."

California Chrome's trainer Art Sherman also felt his colt's trip compromised his effectiveness.

Connections were non-committal about a possible next start for their Pennsylvania Derby winner (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

"I wish he could have gotten him out -- the pace was not that fast," Sherman said. "You know you hate making excuses, but I thought if he could have gone after that horse a little bit earlier, and got out from behind, but the other horse kept him down on the rail which I really didn't want. He is a lot more comfortable if you can ease him out -- it didn't happen. And he hasn't run in a long time. He probably needed the race."

California Chrome will continue on to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 1 at Santa Anita, where a potential showdown for the three-year-old championship looms between him and undefeated champion Shared Belief.

The Pennsylvania Derby was the third graded stakes win of the year for Bayern, who preceded his 7 1/4-length win in the July 27 Haskell Invitational with a 7 1/2-length romp in the Woody Stephens at Belmont Park over seven furlongs. The Grade 1-winning Offlee Wild colt debuted on January 4, winning a maiden at Santa Anita by 3 1/4 lengths, and followed up with an allowance score over the same track by 15 lengths.

Third in the Arkansas Derby in his stakes debut, Bayern was next demoted from first to second in the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs. He's turned in two major clunkers this year, finishing ninth in the Preakness after a rough trip and last of 10 in the August 23 Travers after setting a contested early pace.

"After the Haskell, I was going to wait for this race, but he came back good and it's the Travers and he was going to be the speed," Baffert revealed. "I wasn't going to go and afterward I said, 'Why didn't I stick to my original plans?'"

Bayern, who races for Kaleem Shah, improved his career mark to 9-5-1-1, $1,639,680.

Bred by Helen Alexander in Kentucky, Bayern brought $320,000 as a two-year-old in training at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May. He was sired by Offlee Wild from the Thunder Gulch mare Alittlebitearly, herself a half-sister to Group 3-winning sire Bertolini; stakes winner Alchemilla; and stakes heroine Amelia, who is in turn the dam of Grade 3 scorers Assateague and Kindergarden Kid as well as He's Had Enough, runner-up in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Bayern's second dam, Grade 2 diva Aquilegia, is a full sister to champion and noted broodmare Althea. Aside from producing four stakes winners, led by Japanese champion Yamanin Paradise, Althea ranks as the ancestress of Grade 1-winning sire Arch; Grade 1 heroines Balletto and Acoma; and U.A.E. Horse of the Year Festival of Light, among others. Aquilegia and Althea are also full sisters to Grade 2 winner Aishah, whose offspring include Grade 1 victress Aldiza and Grade 2 scorer Atelier, and another descendant is current multiple Grade 3 victress Aurelia's Belle.

Bayern's third dam is Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee. Her other progeny include Grade 1 heroes Ali Oop and Ketoh as well as multiple Grade 2 victor Twining and multiple Grade 3 winner Native Courier. Among her many outstanding descendants is Group 1 star and influential sire Green Desert.

Interestingly, Bayern hails from the extended family of Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero California Chrome. Both descend from Judy-Rae, who is Bayern's fifth dam and California Chrome's seventh dam.

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

PENNSYLVANIA DERBY (G2), PRX, $1,000,000, 3YO, 1 1/8M, 9-20.
4—BAYERN, c, 3, Offlee Wild--Alittlebitearly, by Thunder Gulch. ($320,000 2013 FTMMAY). O-Kaleem Shah, Inc, B-Helen Alexander (KY), T-Bob Baffert, J-Martin Garcia, $562,000.
7—Tapiture, c, 3, Tapit--Free Spin, by Olympio. O-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY), $194,000.
2—Candy Boy, c, 3, Candy Ride (ARG)--She's An Eleven, by In Excess (IRE). O-C R K Stables LLC, B-Lee & Susan Searing (KY), $111,200.
Also Ran: Noble Moon, C J's Awesome, California Chrome, Protonico, Classic Giacnroll.
Winning Time: 1:46 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 5 3/4, HD, 3/4.
Odds: 3.50, 6.80, 5.80.

Bayern romps in Pennsylvania Derby, Cal Chrome sixth

Bayern proved again he's extremely dangerous when left alone on the lead (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

In a virtual re-run of his Haskell Invitational victory in July, Bayern was left alone on an uncontested lead over a track that had favored speed most of the day and cruised home the easiest of winners in the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing on Saturday.

Left in his wake, among others, was Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, who struggled home sixth in the field of eight in his first start since his Triple Crown bid was foiled in the Belmont Stakes on June 7.

Setting a leisurely pace of :24 and :47 4/5 while being chased by longshot C J's Awesome and California Chrome, who raced along the inside, Bayern began to turn up the heat approaching the far turn, expanding his lead to 1 1/2 lengths through six furlongs in 1:10 4/5. Urged along by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome had little to offer passing the quarter pole and Bayern eventually scooted away in the stretch.

Opening up a three-length advantage at the eighth pole, Bayern coasted home by 5 3/4 lengths under Martin Garcia to take the 1 1/8-mile feature in 1:46 4/5, shaving one-fifth of a second off a track record set by Selari Spirit in the 1974 Hessian Handicap during the track's inaugural season.

"That was just a powerful performance," said winning trainer Bob Baffert via telephone from California. "He broke well and they let us go and Martin hustled to get away from California Chrome. When California Chrome was pinned in there I knew it was going be tough for California Chrome. He was the target -- we weren't the target. When Bayern runs like that, nobody's going to beat him.

"If you look at him, he doesn't look like a horse that's going to run a mile and an eighth, a mile and a quarter; he's sort of a compact horse. He must have a big heart and a big set of lungs and he carries his speed."

Tapiture, a three-time graded stakes winner this season including last month's West Virginia Derby over Candy Boy, beat that deep-closing rival again on Saturday, but for second by a head. Longshots Noble Moon and C J's Awesome finished a dead heat for fourth, with 9-10 favorite California Chrome sixth. Protonico and Classic Giacnroll rounded out the order of finish.

Espinoza blamed the riding tactics of other jockeys in part for California Chrome's defeat.

"The other riders, they worried about me, they didn't worry about the one in the front, and I knew I was in trouble in the first turn," Espinoza said. "They were like blocking in front of me, and it was hard to catch the other horse. Sometimes the other ones don't ride to win, they ride to beat horses.

"I was really desperate and behind, but there was nothing I could do at that point. I mean, to see those fractions, and they're walking, and I knew I was in trouble as soon as I hit the first turn. The other horses slowed down in front of me, and everybody slowed down. Some things, you can't do much at that point. Hopefully, he can make it in the end, but I noticed in the first turn I was completely up against it."

California Chrome's trainer Art Sherman also felt his colt's trip compromised his effectiveness.

Connections were non-committal about a possible next start for their Pennsylvania Derby winner (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

"I wish he could have gotten him out -- the pace was not that fast," Sherman said. "You know you hate making excuses, but I thought if he could have gone after that horse a little bit earlier, and got out from behind, but the other horse kept him down on the rail which I really didn't want. He is a lot more comfortable if you can ease him out -- it didn't happen. And he hasn't run in a long time. He probably needed the race."

California Chrome will continue on to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 1 at Santa Anita, where a potential showdown for the three-year-old championship looms between him and undefeated champion Shared Belief.

The Pennsylvania Derby was the third graded stakes win of the year for Bayern, who preceded his 7 1/4-length win in the July 27 Haskell Invitational with a 7 1/2-length romp in the Woody Stephens at Belmont Park over seven furlongs. The Grade 1-winning Offlee Wild colt debuted on January 4, winning a maiden at Santa Anita by 3 1/4 lengths, and followed up with an allowance score over the same track by 15 lengths.

Third in the Arkansas Derby in his stakes debut, Bayern was next demoted from first to second in the Derby Trial at Churchill Downs. He's turned in two major clunkers this year, finishing ninth in the Preakness after a rough trip and last of 10 in the August 23 Travers after setting a contested early pace.

"After the Haskell, I was going to wait for this race, but he came back good and it's the Travers and he was going to be the speed," Baffert revealed. "I wasn't going to go and afterward I said, 'Why didn't I stick to my original plans?'"

Bayern, who races for Kaleem Shah, improved his career mark to 9-5-1-1, $1,639,680.

Bred by Helen Alexander in Kentucky, Bayern brought $320,000 as a two-year-old in training at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May. He was sired by Offlee Wild from the Thunder Gulch mare Alittlebitearly, herself a half-sister to Group 3-winning sire Bertolini; stakes winner Alchemilla; and stakes heroine Amelia, who is in turn the dam of Grade 3 scorers Assateague and Kindergarden Kid as well as He's Had Enough, runner-up in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Bayern's second dam, Grade 2 diva Aquilegia, is a full sister to champion and noted broodmare Althea. Aside from producing four stakes winners, led by Japanese champion Yamanin Paradise, Althea ranks as the ancestress of Grade 1-winning sire Arch; Grade 1 heroines Balletto and Acoma; and U.A.E. Horse of the Year Festival of Light, among others. Aquilegia and Althea are also full sisters to Grade 2 winner Aishah, whose offspring include Grade 1 victress Aldiza and Grade 2 scorer Atelier, and another descendant is current multiple Grade 3 victress Aurelia's Belle.

Bayern's third dam is Broodmare of the Year Courtly Dee. Her other progeny include Grade 1 heroes Ali Oop and Ketoh as well as multiple Grade 2 victor Twining and multiple Grade 3 winner Native Courier. Among her many outstanding descendants is Group 1 star and influential sire Green Desert.

Interestingly, Bayern hails from the extended family of Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero California Chrome. Both descend from Judy-Rae, who is Bayern's fifth dam and California Chrome's seventh dam.

COTILLION S. (G1), PRX, $1,000,000, 3YO, F, 1 1/16M, 9-20.
8—UNTAPABLE, f, 3, Tapit--Fun House, by Prized. O-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (KY), T-Steven M. Asmussen, J-Rosie Napravnik, $562,000.
2—Sweet Reason, f, 3, Street Sense--Livermore Leslie, by Mt. Livermore. ($185,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Treadway Racing Stable, B-Brent & Beth Harris & Darley (KY), $194,000.
7—Jojo Warrior, f, 3, Pioneerof the Nile--Carson Jen, by Carson City. O-Zayat Stables LLC and WinStar Farm LLC, B-Zayat Stables, LLC (KY), $111,200.
Also Ran: Little Alexis, Cassatt, Joint Return, Vero Amore, House Rules.
Winning Time: 1:42 3/5 (ft)
Margins: 1, 1, 2HF.
Odds: 0.50, 4.80, 9.40.

Untapable prevails in Cotillion

Untapable pulled off a length victory in the Cotillion (Barbara Weidl/Equi-Photo)

Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Untapable got back on the winning track Saturday with a gutsy one-length victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion at Parx Racing.

The 1 1/16-mile contest was the co-feature on the card with the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby, which marked the return of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome. Untapable herself captured the Kentucky Oaks in May and now has a huge lead in the race for champion three-year-old filly honors.

"To me this wins solidifies the Eclipse," Ron Winchell stated. "She dug in and it was good to get it done after the Haskell Invitational. This was a big exhale after the Haskell and glad to get it done."

"She beat very good fillies," trainer Steven Asmussen agreed. "This is her third Grade 1 of the year. We're very proud to have her. The Winchell family bred a tremendous filly.

"She gives you a tremendous amount of confidence. You rather run her than anybody else," the horseman added. "I think this time of year; the fillies have sorted themselves out. This time of year everybody in belongs. Early in the year and in the spring a lot of horses are not up to the task or go wayward.

"Her works the last three weeks have given us a great amount of confidence that it's the Untapable we should expect."

Jockey Rosie Napravnik piloted Untapable in all but one of her nine career starts leading up to the Cotillion, and settled the Tapit filly into a tracking spot behind the pacesetting Jojo Warrior and Cassatt once the gates opened Saturday. Jojo Warrior set splits of :23 2/5, :46 3/5 and 1:10 1/5 while stalked by those two rivals, who ranged up rounding the turn to run in tandem entering the stretch.

Untapable was widest of all circling the turn and was set down by Napravnik in the lane, drifting over near the eighth-pole before being corrected. The bay miss dug in and eked out the length score over a rallying Sweet Reason to complete 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 3/5 over the fast dirt.

"It set up well with the two horses in front (getting) into a little fight on the first turn," Napravnik remarked. "I sat chilly with her and let her move when she was ready. The track is all speedy today so we had to make up some ground. She is all class. She ran great, training great and no reason not for her to go forward."

Untapable is now headed back to Santa Anita, the site of her worse loss to date, for the BC Distaff (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

Easily the public's choice at 1-2, Untapable returned $3 for the win. Sweet Reason broke through the gate but was held by the assistant starter had no problems when the gates officially opened. She had a length to spare on Jojo Warrior once hitting the wire, while Little Alexis got up to finish the top four another 2 1/2 lengths back.

Cassatt, Joine Return, Vero Amore and House Rules rounded out the order of finish. Stopchargingmaria, who has yet to face Untapable, was scratched in favor of taking on her elders in the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame at Belmont Park September 27.

Untapable suffered her first loss this year when taking on the boys in the Haskell Invitational prior to the Cotillion. She was bumped at the start of that contest and round up fifth under the wire, but proved dominate over her own gender in four previous starts.

"I was extremely pleased to have her back in the winner's circle where we feel she belongs," Asmussen said. "I think a lot of little things added up to (the Haskell defeat) to not being her day. I was very proud that she came out of a tough race like that, tough circumstances, to win a Grade 1.

"The filly ought to get a lot out of it. She does fly to California tomorrow. She's got nice timing back to the (Breeders' Cup) Distaff, and now we'll try to prepare for that" he added.

The bay filly romped by 9 1/2 lengths in her season opener, the Rachel Alexandra, before taking the Fair Grounds Oaks by 7 3/4 lengths. She easily proved best in the Kentucky Oaks by 4 1/2 lengths and carried that form forward to the Mother Goose for a 9 1/4-length gambol around the track.

As a juvenile, Untapable captured her initial pair of starts, taking her maiden debut by a length before a half-length score in the Pocahontas, both at Churchill Downs. She shipped to Santa Anita for a try at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, but was checked and eventually eased into a well-beaten eighth spot under the wire. The Kentucky-bred lass stayed in California and visited Hollywood Park next out to wrap up her two-year-old campaign with a third in the Hollywood Starlet.

Now boasting a 7-0-1 mark from 10 career starts, Untapable has banked $1,896,725 in lifetime earnings.

Untapable is out of the Grade 2-winning Prized mare Fun House, making her a half-sister to Grade 1-scoring millionaire and 2010 Kentucky Derby third-placer Paddy O'Prado. Her third dam is Carols Christmas, from whom a whole slew of black-type runners are descended. Among that group are Grade 1-winning millionaires and sires Olympio and Pyro; 2012 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile victor Tapizar; and Grade 1-scoring stallion Cuvee.

Others of note in this female family include Fun House's half-brother Early Flyer, a Grade 2-winning sire, and current Grade 1 vixen On Fire Baby.

GALLANT BLOOM H. (G2), BEL, $300,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 9-20.
1—ARTEMIS AGROTERA, f, 3, Roman Ruler--Indy Glory, by A.P. Indy. O-Broman, Sr, Chester and Mary, B-Chester & Mary R Broman (NY), T-Michael E. Hushion, J-Rajiv Maragh, $180,000.
6—La Verdad, f, 4, Yes It's True--Noble Fire, by Hook and Ladder. O-Lady Sheila Stable, B-Eklektikos Stable LLC (NY), $60,000.
5—Willet, m, 6, Jump Start--Katina K, by Distinctive Pro. O-Iselin, James H, Assoulin, Charlotte and Gindi, Eli, B-Michael T Martin (NY), $30,000.
Also Ran: Merry Meadow, Classic Point, Bridgehampton.
Winning Time: 1:15 2/5 (ft)
Margins: HD, 1, 2.
Odds: 0.40, 5.50, 5.30.

Artemis Agrotera catches La Verdad in Gallant Bloom

Artemis Agrotera has now beaten older fillies and mares twice in graded stakes this year (Chelsea Durand/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Artemis Agrotera fell behind a wicked pace set by La Verdad, but rallied through the Belmont Park stretch to defeat that older rival by a head in Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap, her final prep before the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on November 1.

La Verdad, who provided a target for Artemis Agrotera in last month's Ballerina at Saratoga, set a scorching pace of :21 3/5 and :43 3/5. Artemis Agrotera broke a bit tardily from the gate and found herself more than nine lengths behind after a quarter-mile, a scenario much different from the Ballerina where she was within of a length of the speedball most of the way.

"She really didn't enjoy being that far back," jockey Rajiv Maragh said. "Early on, I tried to keep her in her rhythm. I had a lot of confidence in her and tried to be a good passenger and let her finish strong. I assumed they were going that fast because my filly is naturally quick, and if she's 10 lengths off the lead La Verdad had to be going fast to be that far in front of her."

Still holding a commanding lead turning for home, La Verdad had four lengths on her closest pursuer passing the eighth pole, but began showing fatigue after her early exertion. Artemis Agrotera, who was forced five wide entering the straight, closed stoutly to catch the long time leader and won in a photo. The 2-5 favorite completed 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:15 2/5.

"In the stretch, my filly found a second wind and a third wind," Maragh said. "Even if she had run second or third it would have been a good performance. It shows what kind of filly she is to get up and win the race from where she was."

The 2-5 favorite, owned and bred in New York by Chester and Mary Broman, returned $2.60 to win.

La Verdad held second, a length in front of Willet. Merry Meadow was two lengths farther back in fourth and was followed by Classic Point and Bridgehampton.

This was the third graded stakes win for Artemis Agrotera, who scored Grade 1 victories in the Frizette last October and in the August 23 Ballerina by a commanding 6 1/2 lengths. Now with two major wins against older fillies and mares, the sophomore daughter of Roman Ruler will be among the favorites to clinch an Eclipse Award as the nation's leading female sprinter at Santa Anita.

"Now we have six weeks (to the Breeders' Cup). We can take our time," trainer Michael Hushion said. "She has this under her belt. Like Rajiv said, he learned a lot about her today."

Artemis Agrotera has won five of seven starts for earnings of $943,800. Two other victories, a maiden and an allowance, came against New York-breds. She's been unplaced twice, finishing fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita last November and eighth in the Acorn at Belmont in her season debut June 7.

Out of the stakes-winning and multiple Grade 2-placed A.P. Indy mare Indy Glory, the New York-bred filly is a three-quarter sibling to a pair of stakes-placed runners in Submerge and Time Squared. Indy Glory is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Stephen Got Even and stakes queen Grand Merger.

GALLANT BOB S. (G3), PRX, $300,000, 3YO, 6F, 9-20.
1—FAVORITE TALE, g, 3, Tale of the Cat--Tricky Elaine, by Grindstone. O-PJG Stable, B-Paul Conaway (PA), T-Guadalupe Preciado, J-John Bisono, $180,000.
6—Fast Anna, c, 3, Medaglia d'Oro--Dreaming of Anna, by Rahy. O-Frank Carl Calabrese, B-Frank C Calabrese (KY), $60,000.
3—Bump Start, r, 3, Jump Start--E T Phone Laura, by Roar. ($35,000 '12 FTKJUL). O-TK Stables LLC (Kevin and Tammie Hulse), B-John P Hicks, William Hart & Henry Higgitt (PA), $33,000.
Also Ran: Pure Sensation, Prudhoe Bay, Good Bye Greg, Camden Street.
Winning Time: 1:08 (ft)
Margins: 2HF, NK, 2 1/4.
Odds: 3.50, 0.60, 19.30.

Favorite Tale continues affinity for Parx in Gallant Bob

King's Bishop near-misser Fast Anna was bet down to 3-5 favoritism in Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Gallant Bob at Parx, but locally based speedster Favorite Tale continued to be unbeatable at his home track. After vying with Fast Anna early, the Guadalupe Preciado trainee got the upper hand and kicked 2 1/2 lengths clear to remain perfect from four starts at Parx.

A homebred campaigned by Paul Conaway's PJG Stables, Favorite Tale was also capitalizing on his rail draw on a day that was favoring inside speed. The Tale of the Cat gelding, whose only prior stakes victory came in the May 4 Gold Fever at Belmont, was dispatched as the 7-2 second choice off a trio of stakes placings. He was a neck short when runner-up to Coup de Grace in the July 5 Oh Say at Delaware, and missed by the same margin when third to Pure Sensation in the grassy Quick Call at Saratoga July 24. He was most recently second, beaten three-quarters of a length, by Prudhoe Bay in the August 16 Jersey Shore at Monmouth, and gained revenge on his last two conquerors here.

Although Favorite Tale broke sharply with John Bisono, Fast Anna lived up to his name in the initial stages and zipped to a narrow advantage through a quarter-mile in :21 1/5. But Favorite Tale was glued alongside and soon put his head in front. Beginning to edge ahead through a half in :43 1/5 on a surface that was playing fast, Favorite Tale opened up by daylight down the stretch. He clocked :55 1/5 for the five-furlong split and completed six furlongs in 1:08.

Fast Anna held second by a diminishing neck from Bump Start, who was followed under the line by Pure Sensation, Prudhoe Bay, Good Bye Greg and the eased Camden Street.

Pure Sensation and Prudhoe Bay, however, were soon embroiled in the stewards' room. Paco Lopez, Prudhoe Bay's rider, claimed foul against Joel Rosario on Pure Sensation for an incident at the start. Pure Sensation took a left turn out of the gate, swiping Prudhoe Bay just to his inside. The stewards disallowed the claim and declared the result official as it stood.

Favorite Tale rewarded his fans with a $9 win payout and improved his own line to 10-5-2-1, $369,826. The Pennsylvania-bred began his career with a three-race winning spree at Parx this winter, crowned by a 14-length allowance romp March 24. Favorite Tale then tried New York and dropped two out of three. He bookended his aforementioned Gold Fever win (where he defeated Pure Sensation and Havana) with poor efforts in both the Bay Shore and Woody Stephens. Since then, the bay has been a model of consistency.

Favorite Tale was produced by the Grade 3-placed Tricky Elaine, a Grindstone half-sister to 1997 Horse of the Year and champion two-year-old colt Favorite Trick. Also in the family are Grade 2 queen Tizfiz and current Grade 3 scorer Fury Kapcori.

DOGWOOD S. (G3), CD, $112,000, 3YO, F, 7F, 9-20.
7—THANK YOU MARYLOU, f, 3, Birdstone--Menifeeque, by Menifee. ($47,000 '11 KEENOV). O-Ramsey, Kenneth L and Sarah K, B-Mr & Mrs CW McNeely III (VA), T-Michael J. Maker, J-Miguel Mena, $67,357.
8—Henny Jenney, f, 3, Henny Hughes--Delizia, by Distant View. ($60,000 '12 KEESEP; $100,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Bernard G Schaeffer, B-Derry Meeting Farm (PA), $21,728.
4—Milam, f, 3, Street Sense--Autumnal, by Forestry. ($95,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Joseph W Sutton, B-Fred W Hertrich III & John D Fielding (KY), $10,864.
Also Ran: Bird Maker, Fiftyshadesofgold, Mizzen Miss, Enjoy the Family, Platinum Lady.
Winning Time: 1:23 (ft)
Margins: 6HF, HF, HD.
Odds: 4.90, 24.40, 3.70.

Thank You Marylou blows away Dogwood

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Thank You Marylou added blinkers and pulled away in the stretch to win her first graded stakes by 6 1/2 lengths in Saturday's Grade 3, $112,000 Dogwood Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.

"That was perfect," trainer Mike Maker said. "She prefers an outside post position. So she put herself in a good spot and she really ran the way we've been thinking she could run for a while. It's hard to say the impact of the blinkers. She had the inside post last time out and she only got beat a couple lengths, but she was pretty intimidated. So I'm not sure if the blinkers did a whole lot for her here being on the outside."

Thank You Marylou chased the pace on the outside as Mizzen Mast posted opening fractions of :22 4/5 and :45 3/5. Thank You Marylou engaged the leader around the far turn and took over the lead turning for home. The chestnut angled to the inside for her stretch run and continued to widen her lead all the way to the wire.

Thank You Marylou stopped the teletimer in 1:23 for the seven-furlong test over the fast main track with Miguel Mena up. The daughter of Birdstone returned $11.80 for the victory as the 9-2 third choice.

"They put blinkers on her for a reason I guess, because from the get-go she took me in a perfect position," Mena said. "I had a perfect trip on the outside and I called on her a little bit turning for home and she went pretty easy. I had never been on her before but my guess is the blinkers made a big difference. She ran great."

Henny Jenney took runner-up by a half-length over Milam in third, while Birdmaker was a head back in fourth. Fiftyshadesofgold, the 4-5 favorite, had nothing left late and finished fifth. Mizzen Miss, Enjoy the Family and Platinum Lady rounded out the order of finish. Honey's Ryan and Kiss to Remember were scratched.

"I'm aware," stated Maker, when asked about the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint being run at the same distance.

"I don't think I'd have to twist his arm too hard; you never know," added Maker, when asked if he could talk Ramsey into going to the Breeders' Cup.

Thank You Marylou broke her maiden as a juvenile at first asking against stakes competition in the Tippett Stakes on the grass at Colonial Downs in July. She switched over to dirt the following month in the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga, where she finished third but was placed second due to a disqualification, in her only other start as a two-year-old.

Thank You Marylou would not be seen again until March 9 in the Any Limit Stakes at Gulfstream Park, a race she won by 2 1/2 lengths. She shipped to Keeneland for her next start and held on for third in the Grade 1 Ashland on April 5, to earn a spot in in the Kentucky Oaks the following month.

The chestnut finished fifth in a field of 12 in the Oaks. She was seventh in the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks on June 28 which was run over a sloppy Prairie Meadows track and was exiting a sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 Test at the Spa on August 2. Thank You Marylou banked $67,357 for her third stakes score to boost her bankroll to $275,457 from a 8-3-1-1 career line.

Bred in Virginia by Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McNeely III, Thank You Marylou is out of the stakes winning Menifee mare Menifeeque. Her third dam is Spring Miss, who produced Grade 2-placed Never Wavering. The chestnuts female family also includes Grade 3 scorers Indyanne and Double Ready.

Thank You Marylou sold as a weanling for $47,000 at the Keeneland November sale.

KENT S. (G3), DEL, $150,250, 3YO, 1 1/8MT, 9-20.
1—DIVINE OATH, c, 3, Broken Vow--Rejoicing, by Forestry. ($200,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Let's Go Stable, B-Sanford R Robertson (KY), T-Todd A. Pletcher, J-Jose C. Caraballo, $90,000.
6—Bashart, c, 3, War Front--Busy Windsong, by Clever Trick. O-Rosedown Racing, B-Rosedown Racing Stables, LLC (KY), $30,000.
2—Other Cheek, c, 3, Smart Strike--Nice Nelly, by Seattle Slew. O-Lael Stables, B-Mr & Mrs M Roy Jackson (KY), $16,500.
Also Ran: Lafontaine, Craftsman (IRE), Cabo Cat, Gadget Man.
Winning Time: 1:47 3/5 (fm)
Margins: 3/4, 1, HD.
Odds: 0.80, 5.30, 12.30.

Divine Oath rides rail to victory in Kent

Let's Go Stable's Divine Oath was much the best as the 4-5 favorite in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,250 Kent Stakes for three-year-olds at Delaware Park.

The Todd Pletcher charge was content rating off the pace down on the inside as Lafontaine, who was making his first start away from Woodbine, led the field through splits of :23 3/5, :47 3/5 and 1:12 1/5.

Divine Oath started to move in on the leaders coming around the far turn, surged through an opening along the rail turning for home and took control at the top of the stretch. Eventual runner-up, Bashart attempted to challenge the leader in midstretch, but Divine Oath was too much as he pulled clear late to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

Divine Oath covered 1 1/8 miles over the firm turf in 1:47.78, which was .51 off the course record set by Optimzer in September 2012. With Jose Caraballo aboard, the bay colt paid $3.60 to his loyal supporters for his second graded stakes win.

Bashart got up for second by a length over third-place finisher Other Cheek. Lafontaine, Craftsman, Cabo Cat and Gadget Man rounded out the order of finish. 

Divine Oath broke his maiden in his racing debut over the turf at Gulfstream Park on January 18 and captured an allowance race at the same venue the following month. The bay finished runner-up in his stakes bow in the Grade 3 Lexington over the Keeneland Polytrack on April 19 and was fourth back on the grass in the Penn Mile on May 31. He captured his first stakes in the Grade 3 American Derby on July 12 and was exiting a sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes on August 16 at Arlington. The son of Broken Vow has a career record that stands at 7-4-1-0 and $335,850 in lifetime earnings.

Bred in Kentucky by Sanford Robertson, Divine Oath is out of the Forestry mare Rejoicing. His grandam is Pennant Champion, who is a full sister to Grade 1 victors Miner's Mark and Traditionally.

The bay's third dam is undefeated Hall of Famer Personal Ensign, the 1988 champion older mare as well as 1996 Broodmare of the Year. Personal Ensign produced multiple Grade 1 scorer My Flag, who in turn produced 2002 champion two-year-old filly, Storm Flag Flying. Divine Oath's fourth dam is 1988 Broodmare of the Year, Grecian Banner. His female family also boasts multiple Grade 1 winner Personal Flag and Grade 1 victor Mr Speaker.

Divine Oath sold as a yearling for $200,000 at the Keeneland September sale.

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Untapable prevails in Cotillion

Untapable pulled off a length victory in the Cotillion (Barbara Weidl/Equi-Photo)

Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Untapable got back on the winning track Saturday with a gutsy one-length victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion at Parx Racing.

The 1 1/16-mile contest was the co-feature on the card with the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby, which marked the return of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome. Untapable herself captured the Kentucky Oaks in May and now has a huge lead in the race for champion three-year-old filly honors.

"To me this wins solidifies the Eclipse," Ron Winchell stated. "She dug in and it was good to get it done after the Haskell Invitational. This was a big exhale after the Haskell and glad to get it done."

"She beat very good fillies," trainer Steven Asmussen agreed. "This is her third Grade 1 of the year. We're very proud to have her. The Winchell family bred a tremendous filly.

"She gives you a tremendous amount of confidence. You rather run her than anybody else," the horseman added. "I think this time of year; the fillies have sorted themselves out. This time of year everybody in belongs. Early in the year and in the spring a lot of horses are not up to the task or go wayward.

"Her works the last three weeks have given us a great amount of confidence that it's the Untapable we should expect."

Jockey Rosie Napravnik piloted Untapable in all but one of her nine career starts leading up to the Cotillion, and settled the Tapit filly into a tracking spot behind the pacesetting Jojo Warrior and Cassatt once the gates opened Saturday. Jojo Warrior set splits of :23 2/5, :46 3/5 and 1:10 1/5 while stalked by those two rivals, who ranged up rounding the turn to run in tandem entering the stretch.

Untapable was widest of all circling the turn and was set down by Napravnik in the lane, drifting over near the eighth-pole before being corrected. The bay miss dug in and eked out the length score over a rallying Sweet Reason to complete 1 1/16 miles in 1:42 3/5 over the fast dirt.

"It set up well with the two horses in front (getting) into a little fight on the first turn," Napravnik remarked. "I sat chilly with her and let her move when she was ready. The track is all speedy today so we had to make up some ground. She is all class. She ran great, training great and no reason not for her to go forward."

Untapable is now headed back to Santa Anita, the site of her worse loss to date, for the BC Distaff (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

Easily the public's choice at 1-2, Untapable returned $3 for the win. Sweet Reason broke through the gate but was held by the assistant starter had no problems when the gates officially opened. She had a length to spare on Jojo Warrior once hitting the wire, while Little Alexis got up to finish the top four another 2 1/2 lengths back.

Cassatt, Joine Return, Vero Amore and House Rules rounded out the order of finish. Stopchargingmaria, who has yet to face Untapable, was scratched in favor of taking on her elders in the Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame at Belmont Park September 27.

Untapable suffered her first loss this year when taking on the boys in the Haskell Invitational prior to the Cotillion. She was bumped at the start of that contest and round up fifth under the wire, but proved dominate over her own gender in four previous starts.

"I was extremely pleased to have her back in the winner's circle where we feel she belongs," Asmussen said. "I think a lot of little things added up to (the Haskell defeat) to not being her day. I was very proud that she came out of a tough race like that, tough circumstances, to win a Grade 1.

"The filly ought to get a lot out of it. She does fly to California tomorrow. She's got nice timing back to the (Breeders' Cup) Distaff, and now we'll try to prepare for that" he added.

The bay filly romped by 9 1/2 lengths in her season opener, the Rachel Alexandra, before taking the Fair Grounds Oaks by 7 3/4 lengths. She easily proved best in the Kentucky Oaks by 4 1/2 lengths and carried that form forward to the Mother Goose for a 9 1/4-length gambol around the track.

As a juvenile, Untapable captured her initial pair of starts, taking her maiden debut by a length before a half-length score in the Pocahontas, both at Churchill Downs. She shipped to Santa Anita for a try at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, but was checked and eventually eased into a well-beaten eighth spot under the wire. The Kentucky-bred lass stayed in California and visited Hollywood Park next out to wrap up her two-year-old campaign with a third in the Hollywood Starlet.

Now boasting a 7-0-1 mark from 10 career starts, Untapable has banked $1,896,725 in lifetime earnings.

Untapable is out of the Grade 2-winning Prized mare Fun House, making her a half-sister to Grade 1-scoring millionaire and 2010 Kentucky Derby third-placer Paddy O'Prado. Her third dam is Carols Christmas, from whom a whole slew of black-type runners are descended. Among that group are Grade 1-winning millionaires and sires Olympio and Pyro; 2012 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile victor Tapizar; and Grade 1-scoring stallion Cuvee.

Others of note in this female family include Fun House's half-brother Early Flyer, a Grade 2-winning sire, and current Grade 1 vixen On Fire Baby.

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Numbers down for penultimate session

A colt from the first crop of Archarcharch was the session's only six-figure seller (Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
A colt from the first crop of Grade 1 hero Archarcharch sold to John Brocklebank, agent for Bill Peeples, for $110,000, topping Saturday's trade at the 12th and penultimate session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Cataloged as Hip No. 3730, the Kentucky-bred was consigned by Burleson Farms, agent for Lakland Farm.

Numbers were down across the board on day 12, which had been the final day at last year's sale. On Saturday, Keeneland sold 199 yearlings for $2,625,700, a decrease of 9.9 percent from the $2,913,200 brought by 195 horses in 2013. The $13,194 average price was off by 11.7 percent from $14,939. The $8,000 median represented a drop of 27.3 percent from $11,000.

A late foal arriving on May 7, the session topper is the first registered offspring from the Grade 3-placed Wild Forest Cat (D'wildcat). His dam, whose career highlight was a near-miss second in the 2009 Debutante (G3) at Churchill Downs, is a half-sister to stakes victress and Hollywood Park track record-setter Glitter City (City Place) as well as current stakes-winning sophomore Here's Johnny (Colonel John). Further down the page, this is the female line of multiple Grade 1-winning millionaires Jostle (Brocco) and Ruhlmann (Mr. Leader).

No other yearling came close to reaching the six-figure mark. Rounding out the top three on the day were a $65,000 Stroll colt and a $62,000 Hat Trick filly.

The Stroll colt, offered by Cara Bloodstock (Bernard McCormack), agent, as Hip 3843, went to Allistar Roden, agent. The Ontario-bred bay is out of the unraced Giant's Causeway mare Good Religion, a half-sister to Grade 3 victor Drama Critic (Theatrical).

The dark bay Hat Trick filly was purchased by Solis/Litt from the consignment of KatieRich Farms. Sporting Hip 3805, the Kentucky-bred was produced by the Grade 3-placed Daisyago (Affirmed), and is thus a half-sister to Victory Nor Defeat (Unbridled's Song), who just finished third in the September 6 Super Derby (G2).

With only one day remaining in the megasale, 2,641 yearlings have changed hands for $278,047,200, down a scant 0.9 percent from the $280,491,300 grossed by 2,744 horses. The cumulative average and median, however, are up 3 and 4 percent, respectively. This year's average of $105,281 has improved over the $102,220 posted a year ago, and the median has crept up from $50,000 to $52,000.

Sunday's concluding session opens at 10 a.m. (EDT). For complete results, the catalog, updates, outs, and live video of the sale, log onto keeneland.com.

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Wicked Strong, Moreno among Gold Cup workers

Wicked Strong will face older horses for the first time in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Travers runner-up Wicked Strong breezed six furlongs Saturday morning over the Belmont Park main track in preparation for the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup on September 27, which will mark his first race against older horses.

Under regular exercise rider Kelvin Pahal, the Wood Memorial and Jim Dandy winner went out shortly after the renovation break and covered the distance in 1:13, leaving trainer Jimmy Jerkens smiling.

"I liked it," Jerkens said. "It was fast, but not for (how fast) that track is. It's been a while since he did work over there, but I figured since he's going to be running on it...if he goes in 1:11, he goes in 1:11; what are you going to do?"

In addition to Wicked Strong having matured over the summer, Jerkens attributed much of Wicked Strong's increased ability to relax to two things: utilizing a special three-ring bit called an "elevator bit" to help control him during daily gallops, and being regularly accompanied to the track by outrider Juan Galvez's pony.

"I think going with that big pony of Galvez's every day has helped settle him, and I also think galloping him with an elevator bit helps save his energy," said Jerkens of the Centennial Farms' color-bearer. "He's been pretty steady through the summer."

Jerkens added that Travers winner V. E. Day would likely work on Sunday or Monday in preparation for the Gold Cup.

Chad Brown's pair of Gold Cup contenders, Zivo and Last Gunfighter, breezed five furlongs in company in :59 2/5.

Zivo won the Suburban Handicap over the Gold Cup's course and distance in July before finishing fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Woodward on August 30 at Saratoga. Last Gunfighter, a four-time graded stakes winner, was sixth in the Woodward.

Trainer Eric Guillot is excited Whitney winner Moreno will stretch back out to 1 1/4 miles (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)

"I thought they breezed terrifically," Brown said. "They went together, were equal. I thought they both breezed great."

Zivo is probable for the Gold Cup, and Brown and Gunther will make a final decision on Last Gunfighter's status later this week, the trainer said.

Trainer Christophe Clement's Gold Cup hopeful, Tonalist, is scheduled to breeze early Sunday morning, according to the trainer.

Whitney winner Moreno put in his lone work for the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday at Saratoga, his first since finishing second in the Woodward

The four-year-old son of Ghostzapper breezed five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 over a deep Oklahoma training track for trainer Eric Guillot and owner Southern Equine Stable.

"It was just an easy maintenance move," Guillot said. "He went in 1:03 and change; it would have been :59 if it was on the main track, but the Oklahoma is tiring. He came out of it good so far; tomorrow morning will be the real test."

Guillot is looking forward to getting Moreno back to the Jockey Club Gold Cup's distance of 1 1/4 miles, as he considers it the gelding's best.

"The Suburban was his best race, and he got beat by inches in the Travers," Guillot said. "Inner fractions make the race, and at 1 1/4 miles he's allowed to set a slower pace. In the Suburban, if you look at the configuration of the starting gate, he had to be used up to get to the lead from post 11, and they still had to come get him in the last sixteenth. (In the Jockey Club Gold Cup), I'm hoping for post 5 and in."

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Artemis Agrotera catches La Verdad in Gallant Bloom

Artemis Agrotera has now beaten older fillies and mares twice in graded stakes this year (Chelsea Durand/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Artemis Agrotera fell behind a wicked pace set by La Verdad, but rallied through the Belmont Park stretch to defeat that older rival by a head in Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap, her final prep before the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on November 1.

La Verdad, who provided a target for Artemis Agrotera in last month's Ballerina at Saratoga, set a scorching pace of :21 3/5 and :43 3/5. Artemis Agrotera broke a bit tardily from the gate and found herself more than nine lengths behind after a quarter-mile, a scenario much different from the Ballerina where she was within of a length of the speedball most of the way.

"She really didn't enjoy being that far back," jockey Rajiv Maragh said. "Early on, I tried to keep her in her rhythm. I had a lot of confidence in her and tried to be a good passenger and let her finish strong. I assumed they were going that fast because my filly is naturally quick, and if she's 10 lengths off the lead La Verdad had to be going fast to be that far in front of her."

Still holding a commanding lead turning for home, La Verdad had four lengths on her closest pursuer passing the eighth pole, but began showing fatigue after her early exertion. Artemis Agrotera, who was forced five wide entering the straight, closed stoutly to catch the long time leader and won in a photo. The 2-5 favorite completed 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:15 2/5.

"In the stretch, my filly found a second wind and a third wind," Maragh said. "Even if she had run second or third it would have been a good performance. It shows what kind of filly she is to get up and win the race from where she was."

The 2-5 favorite, owned and bred in New York by Chester and Mary Broman, returned $2.60 to win.

La Verdad held second, a length in front of Willet. Merry Meadow was two lengths farther back in fourth and was followed by Classic Point and Bridgehampton.

This was the third graded stakes win for Artemis Agrotera, who scored Grade 1 victories in the Frizette last October and in the August 23 Ballerina by a commanding 6 1/2 lengths. Now with two major wins against older fillies and mares, the sophomore daughter of Roman Ruler will be among the favorites to clinch an Eclipse Award as the nation's leading female sprinter at Santa Anita.

"Now we have six weeks (to the Breeders' Cup). We can take our time," trainer Michael Hushion said. "She has this under her belt. Like Rajiv said, he learned a lot about her today."

Artemis Agrotera has won five of seven starts for earnings of $943,800. Two other victories, a maiden and an allowance, came against New York-breds. She's been unplaced twice, finishing fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita last November and eighth in the Acorn at Belmont in her season debut June 7.

Out of the stakes-winning and multiple Grade 2-placed A.P. Indy mare Indy Glory, the New York-bred filly is a three-quarter sibling to a pair of stakes-placed runners in Submerge and Time Squared. Indy Glory is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Stephen Got Even and stakes queen Grand Merger.

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Brown, Clement stars gear up on Belmont turf

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Real Solution and Stephanie's Kitten together traveled five furlongs on the firm Belmont Park turf in 1:01 4/5 on Saturday, one week ahead of their respective engagements on Super Saturday.

Real Solution is aiming for the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at 1 1/2 miles, with Stephanie's Kitten pointed toward the Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles. Both have already posted Grade 1 scores on the Belmont Park turf course, with Real Solution having won the Manhattan in June and Stephanie's Kitten taking the 2013 Just a Game.

Also probable for the Flower Bowl is Alterite, who is owned by Martin Schwartz. Alterite, victorious in the 2013 Garden City at Belmont, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 in company with Minorette, who is on target for Keeneland's Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on October 11.

Trainer Christophe Clement sent out a pair of turf mares on Saturday morning at Belmont Park to log their final breezes in advance of the Flower Bowl. According to Clement, either Irish Mission or Aigue Marine will enter the Flower Bowl, while the other will be pointed to the Rodeo Drive, also next Saturday, at Santa Anita.

Irish Mission, winner of the 1 3/8-mile Glens Falls on August 23 at Saratoga in her latest start, went four furlongs in :48 over a very firm Belmont turf course. The daughter of Giant's Causeway was transferred to Clement at the start of her five-year-old campaign, and earned her first victory of 2014 in the Glens Falls after near misses in the Matchmaker at Monmouth Park and the inaugural running of the two-mile Belmont Gold Cup against males.

Aigue Marine breezed five furlongs on the turf in 1:01 1/5 in company with European import Belle de Lawers. Most recently fifth in the Glens Falls, Aigue Marine has one win and two seconds through five starts in 2014, with her lone victory coming in the 1 3/8-mile Robert G. Dick Memorial on July 5 at Delaware Park.

"Irish Mission had a very nice work," Clement said. "We'll see how she comes out of it, but the plan is to run her in the Flower Bowl or the Rodeo Drive. She might go to California; she likes a very fast turf course.

"Aigue Marine also worked well; she will go to the other (race), which in this case is probably the Flower Bowl. We'll see how she comes out of it. I've got two fillies who are training well; one will go (to California) and one will stay here."

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Favorite Tale continues affinity for Parx in Gallant Bob

King's Bishop near-misser Fast Anna was bet down to 3-5 favoritism in Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Gallant Bob at Parx, but locally based speedster Favorite Tale continued to be unbeatable at his home track. After vying with Fast Anna early, the Guadalupe Preciado trainee got the upper hand and kicked 2 1/2 lengths clear to remain perfect from four starts at Parx.

A homebred campaigned by Paul Conaway's PJG Stables, Favorite Tale was also capitalizing on his rail draw on a day that was favoring inside speed. The Tale of the Cat gelding, whose only prior stakes victory came in the May 4 Gold Fever at Belmont, was dispatched as the 7-2 second choice off a trio of stakes placings. He was a neck short when runner-up to Coup de Grace in the July 5 Oh Say at Delaware, and missed by the same margin when third to Pure Sensation in the grassy Quick Call at Saratoga July 24. He was most recently second, beaten three-quarters of a length, by Prudhoe Bay in the August 16 Jersey Shore at Monmouth, and gained revenge on his last two conquerors here.

Although Favorite Tale broke sharply with John Bisono, Fast Anna lived up to his name in the initial stages and zipped to a narrow advantage through a quarter-mile in :21 1/5. But Favorite Tale was glued alongside and soon put his head in front. Beginning to edge ahead through a half in :43 1/5 on a surface that was playing fast, Favorite Tale opened up by daylight down the stretch. He clocked :55 1/5 for the five-furlong split and completed six furlongs in 1:08.

Fast Anna held second by a diminishing neck from Bump Start, who was followed under the line by Pure Sensation, Prudhoe Bay, Good Bye Greg and the eased Camden Street.

Pure Sensation and Prudhoe Bay, however, were soon embroiled in the stewards' room. Paco Lopez, Prudhoe Bay's rider, claimed foul against Joel Rosario on Pure Sensation for an incident at the start. Pure Sensation took a left turn out of the gate, swiping Prudhoe Bay just to his inside. The stewards disallowed the claim and declared the result official as it stood.

Favorite Tale rewarded his fans with a $9 win payout and improved his own line to 10-5-2-1, $369,826. The Pennsylvania-bred began his career with a three-race winning spree at Parx this winter, crowned by a 14-length allowance romp March 24. Favorite Tale then tried New York and dropped two out of three. He bookended his aforementioned Gold Fever win (where he defeated Pure Sensation and Havana) with poor efforts in both the Bay Shore and Woody Stephens. Since then, the bay has been a model of consistency.

Favorite Tale was produced by the Grade 3-placed Tricky Elaine, a Grindstone half-sister to 1997 Horse of the Year and champion two-year-old colt Favorite Trick. Also in the family are Grade 2 queen Tizfiz and current Grade 3 scorer Fury Kapcori.

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Itsmyluckyday breezes for Kelso, Palace for Vosburgh

Woodward winner Itsmyluckyday likely will not be taking the conventional route to the November 1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. Rather than use the Jockey Club Gold Cup as a stepping stone to the $5 million Classic, the colt's trainer, Eddie Plesa, has opted instead for the $400,000 Kelso on September 27.

"We thought (the Kelso) was the best fit for him right now," Plesa said. "He's very efficient at a mile, and it makes no difference whether it's one turn or two turns."

The son of Lawyer Ron first made a splash on the 2013 Triple Crown trail, when he won the Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull before finishing second in the Florida Derby. The Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa-owned colt went on to finish 15th in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Preakness, but his year ended prematurely after he was injured in Monmouth Park's Pegasus in mid-June.

As a four-year-old, Itsmyluckyday has returned better than ever. The dark bay colt started his year with a fourth-place finish in the Gulfstream Park Handicap, but then rattled off consecutive victories in the Best of the Rest, the Majestic Light and Salvator Mile, all at Monmouth.

After finishing second in the Whitney behind Moreno, Itsmyluckyday turned the tables on that foe with a rousing triumph in the Woodward following a stretch-long duel. The win gave Itsmyluckyday his first Grade 1 score.

On Saturday morning, the Plesa-trained colt put in his final work before the Kelso, going four furlongs in :49 4/5 at his home base of Monmouth Park.

"It was just what we wanted," Plesa said. "He galloped out strongly and finished (his workout) in 11 (seconds) and change. He's coming into the race at 110 percent."

Palace, winner of back-to-back Grade 1s at Saratoga, turned in his final serious move for the $400,000 Vosburgh on September 27, covering five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 on Belmont's training track Saturday morning.

"He's ready," said trainer Linda Rice of the five-year-old New York-bred son of City Zip. "He's in good shape. Everything went well with the breeze, and we're ready for Saturday."

At Saratoga, Palace swept the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap and Forego.

"He's coming off two Grade 1 wins, so obviously we're just trying to hold him at that level so he's up the winning Grade 1s at Belmont," she added. "He's been in great shape, great form and we're hoping to hold that as long as we can.

"It's kind of hard to keep a horse that good that long, so that's why I ran him at Saratoga -- when they're good, run them, because if you sit on them too long, before you know it something goes the wrong way," Rice added.

Palace is 3-2-0 from six starts this year, with his other victory coming in the True North at Belmont on June 6.

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Thank You Marylou blows away Dogwood

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Thank You Marylou added blinkers and pulled away in the stretch to win her first graded stakes by 6 1/2 lengths in Saturday's Grade 3, $112,000 Dogwood Stakes for three-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.

"That was perfect," trainer Mike Maker said. "She prefers an outside post position. So she put herself in a good spot and she really ran the way we've been thinking she could run for a while. It's hard to say the impact of the blinkers. She had the inside post last time out and she only got beat a couple lengths, but she was pretty intimidated. So I'm not sure if the blinkers did a whole lot for her here being on the outside."

Thank You Marylou chased the pace on the outside as Mizzen Mast posted opening fractions of :22 4/5 and :45 3/5. Thank You Marylou engaged the leader around the far turn and took over the lead turning for home. The chestnut angled to the inside for her stretch run and continued to widen her lead all the way to the wire.

Thank You Marylou stopped the teletimer in 1:23 for the seven-furlong test over the fast main track with Miguel Mena up. The daughter of Birdstone returned $11.80 for the victory as the 9-2 third choice.

"They put blinkers on her for a reason I guess, because from the get-go she took me in a perfect position," Mena said. "I had a perfect trip on the outside and I called on her a little bit turning for home and she went pretty easy. I had never been on her before but my guess is the blinkers made a big difference. She ran great."

Henny Jenney took runner-up by a half-length over Milam in third, while Birdmaker was a head back in fourth. Fiftyshadesofgold, the 4-5 favorite, had nothing left late and finished fifth. Mizzen Miss, Enjoy the Family and Platinum Lady rounded out the order of finish. Honey's Ryan and Kiss to Remember were scratched.

"I'm aware," stated Maker, when asked about the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint being run at the same distance.

"I don't think I'd have to twist his arm too hard; you never know," added Maker, when asked if he could talk Ramsey into going to the Breeders' Cup.

Thank You Marylou broke her maiden as a juvenile at first asking against stakes competition in the Tippett Stakes on the grass at Colonial Downs in July. She switched over to dirt the following month in the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga, where she finished third but was placed second due to a disqualification, in her only other start as a two-year-old.

Thank You Marylou would not be seen again until March 9 in the Any Limit Stakes at Gulfstream Park, a race she won by 2 1/2 lengths. She shipped to Keeneland for her next start and held on for third in the Grade 1 Ashland on April 5, to earn a spot in in the Kentucky Oaks the following month.

The chestnut finished fifth in a field of 12 in the Oaks. She was seventh in the Grade 3 Iowa Oaks on June 28 which was run over a sloppy Prairie Meadows track and was exiting a sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 Test at the Spa on August 2. Thank You Marylou banked $67,357 for her third stakes score to boost her bankroll to $275,457 from a 8-3-1-1 career line.

Bred in Virginia by Mr. and Mrs. C. W. McNeely III, Thank You Marylou is out of the stakes winning Menifee mare Menifeeque. Her third dam is Spring Miss, who produced Grade 2-placed Never Wavering. The chestnuts female family also includes Grade 3 scorers Indyanne and Double Ready.

Thank You Marylou sold as a weanling for $47,000 at the Keeneland November sale.

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Carve breezes for Homecoming Classic at Churchill

Carve strung together three straight wins, including the Cornhusker and WV Governor's, before finishing second in the Ack Ack (Mountaineer/Coady Photography)

Grade 3 winner Carve posted a half-mile workout in :48 3/5 over Churchill Downs' fast main track on Saturday in preparation for the $125,000 Homecoming Classic on September 27.

The gelded son of First Samurai is exiting a runner-up effort behind Bradester in the September 6 Ack Ack Handicap under the Twin Spires, and delighted trainer Brad Cox with his Saturday move.

"It was an awesome work; I was very pleased," Cox stated.

Cox believes the Homecoming Classic will benefit the dark bay four-year-old, because of the two-turn distance of 1 1/8 miles versus the one-mile distance of the Ack Ack.

"Two turns will help him," Cox said. "I think going two turns is a little bit better than one for him. He won here (at Churchill) in the spring in a one-turn mile in an allowance, but all his other wins have been around two turns."

Cox said he'd wait and see who would show up in the race before they developed a set strategy, but indicated that Carve ideally would be close to the lead.

"We'll wait and see the post positions and see who all is running," the horseman explained. "I'd say he'll be close. I don't know if he'll be right on the lead but at least stalking up there close. He sure is doing well though."

Given the two-turn comment, Cox said if Carve were to win the Homecoming Classic, he would be more likely to point him to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile versus the 1 1/4-mile Breeders' Cup Classic.

"I don't think he wants to go much further than 1 1/8 miles," Cox said. "So if he runs a big one and we decide to go to the Breeders' Cup, we'd probably point him to the Dirt Mile over the Classic."

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Divine Oath rides rail to victory in Kent

Let's Go Stable's Divine Oath was much the best as the 4-5 favorite in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,250 Kent Stakes for three-year-olds at Delaware Park.

The Todd Pletcher charge was content rating off the pace down on the inside as Lafontaine, who was making his first start away from Woodbine, led the field through splits of :23 3/5, :47 3/5 and 1:12 1/5.

Divine Oath started to move in on the leaders coming around the far turn, surged through an opening along the rail turning for home and took control at the top of the stretch. Eventual runner-up, Bashart attempted to challenge the leader in midstretch, but Divine Oath was too much as he pulled clear late to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

Divine Oath covered 1 1/8 miles over the firm turf in 1:47.78, which was .51 off the course record set by Optimzer in September 2012. With Jose Caraballo aboard, the bay colt paid $3.60 to his loyal supporters for his second graded stakes win.

Bashart got up for second by a length over third-place finisher Other Cheek. Lafontaine, Craftsman, Cabo Cat and Gadget Man rounded out the order of finish. 

Divine Oath broke his maiden in his racing debut over the turf at Gulfstream Park on January 18 and captured an allowance race at the same venue the following month. The bay finished runner-up in his stakes bow in the Grade 3 Lexington over the Keeneland Polytrack on April 19 and was fourth back on the grass in the Penn Mile on May 31. He captured his first stakes in the Grade 3 American Derby on July 12 and was exiting a sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes on August 16 at Arlington. The son of Broken Vow has a career record that stands at 7-4-1-0 and $335,850 in lifetime earnings.

Bred in Kentucky by Sanford Robertson, Divine Oath is out of the Forestry mare Rejoicing. His grandam is Pennant Champion, who is a full sister to Grade 1 victors Miner's Mark and Traditionally.

The bay's third dam is undefeated Hall of Famer Personal Ensign, the 1988 champion older mare as well as 1996 Broodmare of the Year. Personal Ensign produced multiple Grade 1 scorer My Flag, who in turn produced 2002 champion two-year-old filly, Storm Flag Flying. Divine Oath's fourth dam is 1988 Broodmare of the Year, Grecian Banner. His female family also boasts multiple Grade 1 winner Personal Flag and Grade 1 victor Mr Speaker.

Divine Oath sold as a yearling for $200,000 at the Keeneland September sale.

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Wicked Strong, Moreno among Gold Cup workers

Wicked Strong will face older horses for the first time in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Travers runner-up Wicked Strong breezed six furlongs Saturday morning over the Belmont Park main track in preparation for the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup on September 27, which will mark his first race against older horses.

Under regular exercise rider Kelvin Pahal, the Wood Memorial and Jim Dandy winner went out shortly after the renovation break and covered the distance in 1:13, leaving trainer Jimmy Jerkens smiling.

"I liked it," Jerkens said. "It was fast, but not for (how fast) that track is. It's been a while since he did work over there, but I figured since he's going to be running on it...if he goes in 1:11, he goes in 1:11; what are you going to do?"

In addition to Wicked Strong having matured over the summer, Jerkens attributed much of Wicked Strong's increased ability to relax to two things: utilizing a special three-ring bit called an "elevator bit" to help control him during daily gallops, and being regularly accompanied to the track by outrider Juan Galvez's pony.

"I think going with that big pony of Galvez's every day has helped settle him, and I also think galloping him with an elevator bit helps save his energy," said Jerkens of the Centennial Farms' color-bearer. "He's been pretty steady through the summer."

Jerkens added that Travers winner V. E. Day would likely work on Sunday or Monday in preparation for the Gold Cup.

Chad Brown's pair of Gold Cup contenders, Zivo and Last Gunfighter, breezed five furlongs in company in :59 2/5.

Zivo won the Suburban Handicap over the Gold Cup's course and distance in July before finishing fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Woodward on August 30 at Saratoga. Last Gunfighter, a four-time graded stakes winner, was sixth in the Woodward.

Trainer Eric Guillot is excited Whitney winner Moreno will stretch back out to 1 1/4 miles (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)

"I thought they breezed terrifically," Brown said. "They went together, were equal. I thought they both breezed great."

Zivo is probable for the Gold Cup, and Brown and Gunther will make a final decision on Last Gunfighter's status later this week, the trainer said.

Trainer Christophe Clement's Gold Cup hopeful, Tonalist, is scheduled to breeze early Sunday morning, according to the trainer.

Whitney winner Moreno put in his lone work for the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday at Saratoga, his first since finishing second in the Woodward

The four-year-old son of Ghostzapper breezed five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 over a deep Oklahoma training track for trainer Eric Guillot and owner Southern Equine Stable.

"It was just an easy maintenance move," Guillot said. "He went in 1:03 and change; it would have been :59 if it was on the main track, but the Oklahoma is tiring. He came out of it good so far; tomorrow morning will be the real test."

Guillot is looking forward to getting Moreno back to the Jockey Club Gold Cup's distance of 1 1/4 miles, as he considers it the gelding's best.

"The Suburban was his best race, and he got beat by inches in the Travers," Guillot said. "Inner fractions make the race, and at 1 1/4 miles he's allowed to set a slower pace. In the Suburban, if you look at the configuration of the starting gate, he had to be used up to get to the lead from post 11, and they still had to come get him in the last sixteenth. (In the Jockey Club Gold Cup), I'm hoping for post 5 and in."

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Wigmore Hall photos cause uproar in British racing industry

Two-time Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf winner Wigmore Hall was euthanized September 13 after injuring himself in a Doncaster handicap. The incident has caused an uproar in the British racing industry after the mainstream paper Daily Mirror published photos Saturday of the seven-year-old gelding being euthanized.

"It's a very insensitive thing to publish," said Wigmore Hall's trainer, Michael Bell. "The first thing I picked up on was that the journalist referred to Wigmore Hall as 'it,' and that sums up his lack of understanding of the situation. The love we have for horses, people who work with them day in and day out -- no one ever calls a horse it.'

"Those of us who work in the industry love them the most -- you only need to go into any yard to see that they are loved and adored," Bell added. "The vets did an astounding job, they were on the scene in 30 seconds and they have to make an instant decision. Sometimes it is better for them to deal with it quickly than let the horse suffer. The most important thing is the welfare of the horse."

Bell continued, "Everyone has a mobile phone with a camera on it these days and that appears to be where the photos have come from. I just don't see the plus side of printing them -- it is very distressing for us. After losing one of our favorites we then have to go through this. From my point of view the journalist just shows his lack of understanding of horses throughout the piece."

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has revealed that it will be seeking a meeting with the Daily Mirror to address the issue.

"We are appalled by the Daily Mirror's decision to publish these photos, and also to contextualize the images in the manner that they have," the BHA's Media Manager Robin Mounsey said. "All that the images show is a veterinary surgeon doing his job and carrying out an act of humanity to prevent an animal from suffering. They show the same actions as would be taken by a vet whether the incident was occurring on a racecourse or at home in a field, and we do not understand where the public interest lays in publishing these images or why they should be used to open a debate about horse racing.

"We will be seeking a meeting with the editor of the Daily Mirror in regards to this issue and the use of these photos in such a manner."

In addition to his Woodbine victories, Wigmore Hall won the 2011 Group 2 Jebel Hatta at Meydan prior to finishing third in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free. He banked £1,334,814 with a 7-6-5 mark from 47 starts.

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Waller earns cross-country Group 1 double with Cox Plate hopefuls Sacred Falls, Foreteller

Sacred Falls established himself as one of Australia's preeminent milers with a victory in the Group 1, A$3 million Doncaster Mile at The Championships at Randwick on April 12, and the dark bay cemented that status with an eye-catching victory in his third outing as a five-year-old on Saturday in the Group 1, A$350,000 George Main.

Breaking sharply from the rail, Sacred Falls dropped back to settle in the second half of the field and saved ground under Zac Purton while Laser Hawk and the fancied three-year-old Panzer Division dictated matters up front. Behind a wall of horses initially at the top of the lane, Purton sat chilly, and when a sliver of daylight appeared between Panzer Division and Sacred Falls' stablemate Royal Descent at the 200-meter mark, Purton sent his mount through and pulled clear to win geared down.

Sacred Falls, who will now be aimed toward the Group 1, A$3 million Cox Plate on October 26, was recording his third Group 1 win in Australia -- and fourth overall -- but his first on a dry surface.

"He's a very good horse and it was good to see him win today on a good track," trainer Chris Waller told Racenet.com.au. "He is not just a wet-tracker. Prior to coming to me he won a Group 1 in New Zealand on a pretty firm track and he showed Australia today that he is not just a wet tracker -- it is as simple as that. That is his fourth Group 1 victory now, all at a mile, so what more can you ask."

Unbeaten in six outings in New Zealand to kick off his career, Sacred Falls earned his first Group 1 in the 2012 NZ Two Thousand Guineas in his initial start for Waller before crossing the Tasman to join the leading Sydney trainer's stable. The son of O'Reilly added his first local Group 1 when upending Pierro in last year's Doncaster, but had failed to find the winner's circle in seven outings prior to defending that title in April.

The dark bay performed admirably to finish second in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth a week after his Doncaster win, and was fourth in a pair of Groups 2s, the Warwick and Chelmsford, this season prior to Saturday's Randwick victory.

At Caulfield on Saturday, Foreteller provided Waller with a cross-country Group 1 double by taking the Group 1, A$400,000 Underwood under jockey Glen Boss.

The Dansili gelding saved ground in fifth about five lengths off the pace in the Underwood, wore down the leaders through the lane and had enough left to hold off the fast-finishing Happy Trails on his outside.

Like stablemate Sacred Falls, Foreteller is now bound for the Cox Plate, in which he finished fourth last year.

Foreteller has been a consistent performer in Australia's middle distance Group 1s since arriving Down Under in 2011, and he rewarded connections with a first win at the highest level in the last March's Group 1 Ranvet. He added the Group 1 Makybe Diva five starts later last September in what would prove his most recent win.

He recorded his best finish last season when third in the Group 1 Australian Cup on March 8 prior to running eighth while attempting to defend his Ranvet title on March 22. Ninth in the Group 1 The BMW to wrap up the season on April 5, Foreteller kicked off his eight-year-old campaign with a fourth-place finish in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence going 1400 meters at Caulfield on August 16 and built on that when third in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam at Moonee Valley three weeks later.

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Brown, Clement stars gear up on Belmont turf

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Real Solution and Stephanie's Kitten together traveled five furlongs on the firm Belmont Park turf in 1:01 4/5 on Saturday, one week ahead of their respective engagements on Super Saturday.

Real Solution is aiming for the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at 1 1/2 miles, with Stephanie's Kitten pointed toward the Grade 1, $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles. Both have already posted Grade 1 scores on the Belmont Park turf course, with Real Solution having won the Manhattan in June and Stephanie's Kitten taking the 2013 Just a Game.

Also probable for the Flower Bowl is Alterite, who is owned by Martin Schwartz. Alterite, victorious in the 2013 Garden City at Belmont, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 in company with Minorette, who is on target for Keeneland's Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on October 11.

Trainer Christophe Clement sent out a pair of turf mares on Saturday morning at Belmont Park to log their final breezes in advance of the Flower Bowl. According to Clement, either Irish Mission or Aigue Marine will enter the Flower Bowl, while the other will be pointed to the Rodeo Drive, also next Saturday, at Santa Anita.

Irish Mission, winner of the 1 3/8-mile Glens Falls on August 23 at Saratoga in her latest start, went four furlongs in :48 over a very firm Belmont turf course. The daughter of Giant's Causeway was transferred to Clement at the start of her five-year-old campaign, and earned her first victory of 2014 in the Glens Falls after near misses in the Matchmaker at Monmouth Park and the inaugural running of the two-mile Belmont Gold Cup against males.

Aigue Marine breezed five furlongs on the turf in 1:01 1/5 in company with European import Belle de Lawers. Most recently fifth in the Glens Falls, Aigue Marine has one win and two seconds through five starts in 2014, with her lone victory coming in the 1 3/8-mile Robert G. Dick Memorial on July 5 at Delaware Park.

"Irish Mission had a very nice work," Clement said. "We'll see how she comes out of it, but the plan is to run her in the Flower Bowl or the Rodeo Drive. She might go to California; she likes a very fast turf course.

"Aigue Marine also worked well; she will go to the other (race), which in this case is probably the Flower Bowl. We'll see how she comes out of it. I've got two fillies who are training well; one will go (to California) and one will stay here."

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Aqueduct fall meet stakes announced

The New York Racing Association has unveiled the stakes schedule for Aqueduct's fall meet, which commences on October 29 and ends on December 31. In total, more than $4 million in purses will be distributed across 24 stakes races.

The meet will again be anchored by the Grade 1, $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap on November 29, which will be buttressed by the Grade 2, $400,000 Remsen, Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle, and Grade 3, $400,000 Comely. The same bonuses offered for last year's Cigar Mile will remain intact -- the purse jumps to $1 million for a Breeders' Cup winner, and $750,000 for a Grade 1 winner.

Opening weekend at Aqueduct will again feature a trio of stakes, including the Grade 2, $250,000 Nashua and Grade 3, $250,000 Tempted for two-year-olds, and the Grade 3, $200,000 Discovery for three-year-olds.

Other graded stakes during the meet include the Grade 3, $200,000 Long Island on November 8 and the Grade 3, $250,000 Red Smith on November 15, the final two graded stakes on the grass of the New York season. The lucrative Thanksgiving week stakes action kicks off with the Grade 3, $300,000 Fall Highweight Handicap on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, and the Grade 2, $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap the following day.

The $100,000 Alex M. Robb for New York-breds remains the final stakes race of the meet, but will be joined for the first time by the $100,000 Bay Ridge. Other new additions to the stakes lineup include the $100,000 Notebook and Key Cents for New York-bred two-year-olds, to be run on November 16.

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Itsmyluckyday breezes for Kelso, Palace for Vosburgh

Woodward winner Itsmyluckyday likely will not be taking the conventional route to the November 1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. Rather than use the Jockey Club Gold Cup as a stepping stone to the $5 million Classic, the colt's trainer, Eddie Plesa, has opted instead for the $400,000 Kelso on September 27.

"We thought (the Kelso) was the best fit for him right now," Plesa said. "He's very efficient at a mile, and it makes no difference whether it's one turn or two turns."

The son of Lawyer Ron first made a splash on the 2013 Triple Crown trail, when he won the Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull before finishing second in the Florida Derby. The Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa-owned colt went on to finish 15th in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Preakness, but his year ended prematurely after he was injured in Monmouth Park's Pegasus in mid-June.

As a four-year-old, Itsmyluckyday has returned better than ever. The dark bay colt started his year with a fourth-place finish in the Gulfstream Park Handicap, but then rattled off consecutive victories in the Best of the Rest, the Majestic Light and Salvator Mile, all at Monmouth.

After finishing second in the Whitney behind Moreno, Itsmyluckyday turned the tables on that foe with a rousing triumph in the Woodward following a stretch-long duel. The win gave Itsmyluckyday his first Grade 1 score.

On Saturday morning, the Plesa-trained colt put in his final work before the Kelso, going four furlongs in :49 4/5 at his home base of Monmouth Park.

"It was just what we wanted," Plesa said. "He galloped out strongly and finished (his workout) in 11 (seconds) and change. He's coming into the race at 110 percent."

Palace, winner of back-to-back Grade 1s at Saratoga, turned in his final serious move for the $400,000 Vosburgh on September 27, covering five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 on Belmont's training track Saturday morning.

"He's ready," said trainer Linda Rice of the five-year-old New York-bred son of City Zip. "He's in good shape. Everything went well with the breeze, and we're ready for Saturday."

At Saratoga, Palace swept the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap and Forego.

"He's coming off two Grade 1 wins, so obviously we're just trying to hold him at that level so he's up the winning Grade 1s at Belmont," she added. "He's been in great shape, great form and we're hoping to hold that as long as we can.

"It's kind of hard to keep a horse that good that long, so that's why I ran him at Saratoga -- when they're good, run them, because if you sit on them too long, before you know it something goes the wrong way," Rice added.

Palace is 3-2-0 from six starts this year, with his other victory coming in the True North at Belmont on June 6.

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Princess of Sylmar retired

Princess of Sylmar made it four straight Grade 1 wins by dethroning Royal Delta in the 2013 Beldame (NYRA/Adam Coglianese/David Alcosser)
Multiple Grade 1 winner and $2 million-earner Princess of Sylmar has been retired, it was announced Friday night.

A homebred racing for Ed Stanco's King of Prussia Stable, the Todd Pletcher trainee hadn't duplicated her stellar 2013 form this campaign. She was most recently a dull fifth in the August 22 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, and exited the race with a case of the "thumps," an electrolyte imbalance.

The following appeared on Princess of Sylmar's Facebook page:

"I'm hanging up my racing hooves. This has been an amazing ride, and we owe everything to the fans who have shown so much love and support. Retirement isn't an end, but a new beginning. Thank you. We love you."

An announcement was likewise posted on the filly's official Twitter page:

"Retirement is calling, but we will never forget all of the fans and all of the love. This has been a life-changing experience for all of us."

Princess of Sylmar compiled a championship-caliber season in 2013. After springing a 38-1 upset in the Kentucky Oaks, defeating Beholder, the chestnut went on to dominate the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama. She made it a Grade 1 grand slam next time in the Beldame, where she rolled past three-time Eclipse Award winner and defending Beldame champion Royal Delta.

Stanco sportingly opted to ship his New York-based star out west for the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita, where she would face Beholder on her own home track. Unfortunately, Princess of Sylmar threw in a subpar effort and trailed home last of six, while Beholder streaked to a 4 1/4-length victory. That cost Princess of Sylmar a divisional Eclipse Award as champion three-year-old filly, and lifted Beholder to her second Eclipse title.

Princess of Sylmar defeated Beholder in the Kentucky Oaks (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Princess of Sylmar reappeared in the April 6 Cat Cay at Aqueduct and cruised home by 3 1/2 lengths. Although a close second in the June 7 Ogden Phipps, just a head short of Close Hatches, Princess of Sylmar did beat Beholder, who reported home an injured fourth.

The Pennsylvania-bred then shipped near her birthplace for the historic Delaware Handicap, but she couldn't catch front-running Belle Gallantey. Princess of Sylmar, who was spotting her rival eight pounds as the 123-pound highweight, had to settle for second.

Connections opted to try Princess of Sylmar in blinkers in the Personal Ensign, an equipment change that did not have the desired result. Following her 13-length loss, she was discovered to have the thumps, prompting her team to take time before formulating plans.

Hers was a heartwarming story from the beginning. Stanco raced her dam, Storm Dixie, and planned to breed her to Grand Slam. But that well-established stallion was sidelined by injury right before the intended match, and Storm Dixie instead visited the court of a first-season sire -- Majestic Warrior. The serendipitous result was Princess of Sylmar, named after Ron and Betsy Houghton's farm where she was foaled near Christiana, Pennsylvania.

A 19-length maiden conqueror at Penn National as a juvenile in November 2012, Princess of Sylmar kept up her momentum when rising in class at Aqueduct. She thrashed entry-level allowance foes that December, and opened her sophomore season with similar routs in both the Busanda and Busher. Her four-race winning streak was halted by Close Hatches in the 2013 Gazelle, but Princess of Sylmar gained revenge in the Kentucky Oaks, and rose to national prominence.

Ed Stanco hailed his homebred as a "blessing beyond once in a lifetime" (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Princess of Sylmar retires with a mark of 15-9-3-0, $2,017,220, just eight days before she may have defended her title in the Beldame.

"Preparing her for her next race was taking longer than I expected," Pletcher said in the release posted on Facebook. "Because she will miss this year's running of the Beldame and the Spinster, Ed and I decided that timing is such that we decided to retire her."

"We were with her from birth and watched her grow up to be one of the finest fillies in the world," Stanco said. "Now she will enter the next phase of her life.

"The Princess was a blessing beyond once in a lifetime and she has provided our partners, families, friends and racing fans with unparalleled joy.

"My partners and I want to personally thank Joe Brocklebank our trusted advisor, Ron and Betsy Houghton who raised the Princess, Mike Smith, Javier Castellano and of course Todd and his team for using their skills to develop her into a classic filly.

"We also want to thank the connections of Beholder, Royal Delta and Close Hatches, because without them we wouldn't have had the world class competition that made racing the Princess so much fun."

Carve breezes for Homecoming Classic at Churchill

Carve strung together three straight wins, including the Cornhusker and WV Governor's, before finishing second in the Ack Ack (Mountaineer/Coady Photography)

Grade 3 winner Carve posted a half-mile workout in :48 3/5 over Churchill Downs' fast main track on Saturday in preparation for the $125,000 Homecoming Classic on September 27.

The gelded son of First Samurai is exiting a runner-up effort behind Bradester in the September 6 Ack Ack Handicap under the Twin Spires, and delighted trainer Brad Cox with his Saturday move.

"It was an awesome work; I was very pleased," Cox stated.

Cox believes the Homecoming Classic will benefit the dark bay four-year-old, because of the two-turn distance of 1 1/8 miles versus the one-mile distance of the Ack Ack.

"Two turns will help him," Cox said. "I think going two turns is a little bit better than one for him. He won here (at Churchill) in the spring in a one-turn mile in an allowance, but all his other wins have been around two turns."

Cox said he'd wait and see who would show up in the race before they developed a set strategy, but indicated that Carve ideally would be close to the lead.

"We'll wait and see the post positions and see who all is running," the horseman explained. "I'd say he'll be close. I don't know if he'll be right on the lead but at least stalking up there close. He sure is doing well though."

Given the two-turn comment, Cox said if Carve were to win the Homecoming Classic, he would be more likely to point him to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile versus the 1 1/4-mile Breeders' Cup Classic.

"I don't think he wants to go much further than 1 1/8 miles," Cox said. "So if he runs a big one and we decide to go to the Breeders' Cup, we'd probably point him to the Dirt Mile over the Classic."

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Canadian classic heroes Coltimus Prime, Ami's Holiday square off in Ontario Derby

Coltimus Prime has "transformed" into a top competitor (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

Prince of Wales champ Coltimus Prime will take on Breeders' Stakes winner Ami's Holiday in Sunday's co-featured Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Derby at Woodbine.

The Justin Nixon-trained dark bay, who is named in honor of the leader of the Autobots from the Transformers series, will look to add graded status to his improving credentials in the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack stake.

Coltimus Prime rose to prominence in November, breaking his maiden by a widening eight lengths before completing his juvenile campaign with a strong second-place finish, defeated just a neck, to Ontario Derby rival Jose Sea View in the Display Stakes.

Nixon targeted the Triple Crown with Coltimus Prime, saddling the colt to a lackluster run in the Tampa Bay Derby in his sophomore debut before shipping him to Keeneland for a fifth-place finish in the Blue Grass Stakes.

Off the Kentucky Derby trail and re-focused on the Canadian classics, Coltimus Prime thrived in his return to Woodbine, finishing second and then first in a pair of allowance events before setting a quick tempo en route to a ninth-place effort in the Queen's Plate.

On July 29, making just his second career start on dirt, the dark bay colt put together the biggest performance of his career to capture the Prince of Wales Stakes, second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, at Fort Erie. Sent to post at odds of 5-1, Coltimus Prime, with Eurico Rosa da Silva in the irons for the first time, made every pole a winning one, covering 1 3/16-miles in 1:54 2/5.

"It was the biggest moment of my career," Nixon stated. "Coming into the stretch, and looking at the fractions, I thought we had a pretty good chance to win it and when he kicked on it was awful special. He was just dynamite."

Following the Prince of Wales coup, Nixon shipped Coltimus Prime to Saratoga with big aspirations.

"We were thinking of running in the Travers," the horseman clarified. "We brought him down there and worked him over the track and he just didn't work as sharp as we would like him to, so we backed away from that plan and came home."

Since his return to Woodbine, Coltimus Prime has breezed twice over the Woodbine Polytrack, including a swift five-panel effort in 1:00 2/5 on September 14 with da Silva aboard. That sharp work matches nicely with a bullet work recorded by Coltimus Prime on July 22, just before his big effort in the Prince of Wales.

Ami's Holiday returns to the Polytrack for the Ontario Derby following his grassy win in the Breeders' (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

"He hadn't worked on Poly since before the Prince of Wales so I asked Eurico, who worked him last time, to give him a little squeeze at the top of the lane and make sure he gets something out of it," Nixon explained. "I don't need him going in :59 every week. Prior to the Prince of Wales, he worked between races so we knew he'd be a little geared up and put in a pretty fast work. Does he need to work that fast? I 'm not convinced of that. I'm happy with how he completed the most recent work and he's been training very well coming into this race."

Although Coltimus Prime's best efforts have come when more forwardly placed, Nixon isn't convinced his colt needs the lead.

"Arguably, his best races are on the front. But, if the fractions are too quick, he doesn't need to be there," the trainer said. "His best efforts have come when he's comfortable on the front and the fractions are reasonable. I still think he's tactical."

A graded win for Coltimus Prime, bred in Ontario by co-owner Jayson Horner, would be a feather in the cap of the Cabernet Racing group.

"It's a graded stake and one of the better races remaining for straight three-year-olds across North America," Nixon remarked. "It would mean a lot for Mr. Horner to get a big piece of it given that he still owns the mare (Certainly Special) and it would also help his half-sister Crysta's Court in the breeding shed as well."

To earn that special victory, Coltimus Prime will have to fend off the closing kick of Ami's Holiday, who made a breakthrough of his own when taking Woodbine's Breeders' Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, in his first attempt on turf.

The Ivan Dalos homebred became a graded winner in October with a last-to-first rally to win the Grey Stakes and opened his sophomore campaign with a fourth-place run in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 19. The bay son of Harlan's Holiday then returned to Woodbine, where he narrowly missed in the Marine Stakes when a neck third after lacking racing room in the final strides.

Trained by Josie Carroll, Ami's Holiday put in a peak performance in the Queen's Plate, rallying from 13th position out of the difficult 15 post, to be second behind filly Lexie Lou. He continued his good form in the Prince of Wales, once again rallying while wide for show money as the favorite, before putting forth a sharp turn of foot down the lane to his turf coup in the Breeders'.

Ami's Holiday has posted a trio of quick works following the Breeders', including a September 14 move of 1:00 3/5 for five furlongs. Luis Contreras retains the mount.

Also featured on Sunday's card is the $125,000 La Lorgnette, a 1 1/16-mile Polytrack stakes for three-year-old fillies. The strong eight-horse field is led by Bison City heroine Unspurned and Grade 2 vixen Llanarmon.

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Wigmore Hall photos cause uproar in British racing industry

Two-time Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf winner Wigmore Hall was euthanized September 13 after injuring himself in a Doncaster handicap. The incident has caused an uproar in the British racing industry after the mainstream paper Daily Mirror published photos Saturday of the seven-year-old gelding being euthanized.

"It's a very insensitive thing to publish," said Wigmore Hall's trainer, Michael Bell. "The first thing I picked up on was that the journalist referred to Wigmore Hall as 'it,' and that sums up his lack of understanding of the situation. The love we have for horses, people who work with them day in and day out -- no one ever calls a horse it.'

"Those of us who work in the industry love them the most -- you only need to go into any yard to see that they are loved and adored," Bell added. "The vets did an astounding job, they were on the scene in 30 seconds and they have to make an instant decision. Sometimes it is better for them to deal with it quickly than let the horse suffer. The most important thing is the welfare of the horse."

Bell continued, "Everyone has a mobile phone with a camera on it these days and that appears to be where the photos have come from. I just don't see the plus side of printing them -- it is very distressing for us. After losing one of our favorites we then have to go through this. From my point of view the journalist just shows his lack of understanding of horses throughout the piece."

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has revealed that it will be seeking a meeting with the Daily Mirror to address the issue.

"We are appalled by the Daily Mirror's decision to publish these photos, and also to contextualize the images in the manner that they have," the BHA's Media Manager Robin Mounsey said. "All that the images show is a veterinary surgeon doing his job and carrying out an act of humanity to prevent an animal from suffering. They show the same actions as would be taken by a vet whether the incident was occurring on a racecourse or at home in a field, and we do not understand where the public interest lays in publishing these images or why they should be used to open a debate about horse racing.

"We will be seeking a meeting with the editor of the Daily Mirror in regards to this issue and the use of these photos in such a manner."

In addition to his Woodbine victories, Wigmore Hall won the 2011 Group 2 Jebel Hatta at Meydan prior to finishing third in the Group 1 Dubai Duty Free. He banked £1,334,814 with a 7-6-5 mark from 47 starts.

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Waller earns cross-country Group 1 double with Cox Plate hopefuls Sacred Falls, Foreteller

Sacred Falls established himself as one of Australia's preeminent milers with a victory in the Group 1, A$3 million Doncaster Mile at The Championships at Randwick on April 12, and the dark bay cemented that status with an eye-catching victory in his third outing as a five-year-old on Saturday in the Group 1, A$350,000 George Main.

Breaking sharply from the rail, Sacred Falls dropped back to settle in the second half of the field and saved ground under Zac Purton while Laser Hawk and the fancied three-year-old Panzer Division dictated matters up front. Behind a wall of horses initially at the top of the lane, Purton sat chilly, and when a sliver of daylight appeared between Panzer Division and Sacred Falls' stablemate Royal Descent at the 200-meter mark, Purton sent his mount through and pulled clear to win geared down.

Sacred Falls, who will now be aimed toward the Group 1, A$3 million Cox Plate on October 26, was recording his third Group 1 win in Australia -- and fourth overall -- but his first on a dry surface.

"He's a very good horse and it was good to see him win today on a good track," trainer Chris Waller told Racenet.com.au. "He is not just a wet-tracker. Prior to coming to me he won a Group 1 in New Zealand on a pretty firm track and he showed Australia today that he is not just a wet tracker -- it is as simple as that. That is his fourth Group 1 victory now, all at a mile, so what more can you ask."

Unbeaten in six outings in New Zealand to kick off his career, Sacred Falls earned his first Group 1 in the 2012 NZ Two Thousand Guineas in his initial start for Waller before crossing the Tasman to join the leading Sydney trainer's stable. The son of O'Reilly added his first local Group 1 when upending Pierro in last year's Doncaster, but had failed to find the winner's circle in seven outings prior to defending that title in April.

The dark bay performed admirably to finish second in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth a week after his Doncaster win, and was fourth in a pair of Groups 2s, the Warwick and Chelmsford, this season prior to Saturday's Randwick victory.

At Caulfield on Saturday, Foreteller provided Waller with a cross-country Group 1 double by taking the Group 1, A$400,000 Underwood under jockey Glen Boss.

The Dansili gelding saved ground in fifth about five lengths off the pace in the Underwood, wore down the leaders through the lane and had enough left to hold off the fast-finishing Happy Trails on his outside.

Like stablemate Sacred Falls, Foreteller is now bound for the Cox Plate, in which he finished fourth last year.

Foreteller has been a consistent performer in Australia's middle distance Group 1s since arriving Down Under in 2011, and he rewarded connections with a first win at the highest level in the last March's Group 1 Ranvet. He added the Group 1 Makybe Diva five starts later last September in what would prove his most recent win.

He recorded his best finish last season when third in the Group 1 Australian Cup on March 8 prior to running eighth while attempting to defend his Ranvet title on March 22. Ninth in the Group 1 The BMW to wrap up the season on April 5, Foreteller kicked off his eight-year-old campaign with a fourth-place finish in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence going 1400 meters at Caulfield on August 16 and built on that when third in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam at Moonee Valley three weeks later.

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Bullheaded Boy, Temper Mint Patty headline Belmont juvenile stakes

Sunday's card at Belmont Park will be highlighted by a pair of New York-bred juvenile stakes races -- the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard and $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma -- which will both be contested at seven furlongs on the main track, and serve as a prelude for the Sleepy Hollow and Maid of the Mist, to be run on October 18, Empire Showcase Day.

The Bongard will feature a promising collection of New York-bred two-year-olds, headed by the Todd Pletcher-trained Bullheaded Boy.

Bullheaded Boy, the 9-5 favorite on the morning-line, debuted over a sloppy track on July 31 at Saratoga in a five-furlong dash. The son of Bullsbay prompted the pace that day before edging clear to prevail by a half-length. The Gary Barber colorbearer made his next start in the Funny Cide Stakes for New York-breds at 6 1/2 furlongs, but was no match for the talented pair of Upstart and Bustin It and finished third, beaten 9 1/4 lengths.

Bullheaded Boy drew post 5, and Hall of Famer John Velazquez retains the mount.

Tizquick, trained by John Kimmel for GoldMark Farm, also had the misfortune of encountering Upstart in his first start. The $50,000 yearling purchase debuted on August 15 at the Spa, and was beaten 5 1/4 lengths in a 5 1/2-furlong affair.

Junior Alvarado will be back aboard Tizquick, who is 5-1 on the morning-line and drew post 4.

The addition of blinkers helped Saratoga Heater immensely in his second start, and continued improvement could be possible in the Bongard. Both of the Temple City colt's first two starts came over sloppy tracks at the Spa, but produced starkly different results.

In his debut, Saratoga Heater was beaten 10 lengths by Bullheaded Boy, but won by 2 1/4 lengths at second asking equipped with blinkers for the first time.

Previously trained by Al Stall, the bay colt will go out for Lisa Lewis and be ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario. Saratoga Heater colt sits at 7-2 on the morning-line and drew the rail.

Rounding out the field are Banana Thief, who broke his maiden by 5 1/2 front-running lengths on turf in his latest start; Market Conduct, a 2 1/2-length maiden victor on August 10 at the Spa; and Chloe's Wonderboy, who took a $25,000 maiden claimer on August 30 at Parx Racing.

The Gimma, which is restricted to fillies, is headlined by impressive debut winner Temper Mint Patty. The Congrats filly broke her maiden by a neck on August 29 at Saratoga in a gritty performance for trainer Dale Romans. She tracked a swift pace along the inside that day, was put to a drive rounding the far turn, and overhauled My Super Nova, who will also contest the Gimma, in the final jumps.

"I wish they all were as easy to train as her," Romans said. "She has a lot of talent, and hopefully will improve off (her debut). She was so professional already, and she's just been staying the course since that race. (Seven furlongs) won't be a problem for her. She sat behind horses, took dirt, and came running."

Temper Mint Patty, 4-1 on the morning-line, drew the rail and will be ridden again by Irad Ortiz Jr.

My Super Nova will represent trainer George Weaver in the Gimma. The daughter of Super Saver dueled through strong fractions in her unveiling on August 29, but succumbed late to Temper Mint Patty.

Joel Rosario takes the return call on My Super Nova, 7-2 on the morning-line, and the pair will depart from post 6.

The Gimma also features stakes winner Myfourchix, 3-1 on the morning-line. The Rick Schosberg-trained bay filly commenced her career with a strong second-place finish on July 30 at Saratoga. Rather than enter her back in a maiden race, Schosberg decided to take a shot in the 6 1/2-furlong Seeking the Ante Stakes on August 24 at the Spa and was rewarded with a three-length victory.

Cornelio Velasquez will again ride Myfourchix, and the duo drew the outermost post 7.

The field will also be joined by Hard to Stay Notgo, a sharp maiden winner on August 6 at Saratoga; Evrybdymstgetstonz, runner-up in the Lady Finger Stakes at Finger Lakes in her most recent outing; and Freudie Annie and Majestic Bloom, who broke their maidens on turf at first asking.

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Aqueduct fall meet stakes announced

The New York Racing Association has unveiled the stakes schedule for Aqueduct's fall meet, which commences on October 29 and ends on December 31. In total, more than $4 million in purses will be distributed across 24 stakes races.

The meet will again be anchored by the Grade 1, $500,000 Cigar Mile Handicap on November 29, which will be buttressed by the Grade 2, $400,000 Remsen, Grade 2, $400,000 Demoiselle, and Grade 3, $400,000 Comely. The same bonuses offered for last year's Cigar Mile will remain intact -- the purse jumps to $1 million for a Breeders' Cup winner, and $750,000 for a Grade 1 winner.

Opening weekend at Aqueduct will again feature a trio of stakes, including the Grade 2, $250,000 Nashua and Grade 3, $250,000 Tempted for two-year-olds, and the Grade 3, $200,000 Discovery for three-year-olds.

Other graded stakes during the meet include the Grade 3, $200,000 Long Island on November 8 and the Grade 3, $250,000 Red Smith on November 15, the final two graded stakes on the grass of the New York season. The lucrative Thanksgiving week stakes action kicks off with the Grade 3, $300,000 Fall Highweight Handicap on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, and the Grade 2, $300,000 Go for Wand Handicap the following day.

The $100,000 Alex M. Robb for New York-breds remains the final stakes race of the meet, but will be joined for the first time by the $100,000 Bay Ridge. Other new additions to the stakes lineup include the $100,000 Notebook and Key Cents for New York-bred two-year-olds, to be run on November 16.

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Miss Behaviour tackles competitive Charles Town Oaks

Miss Behaviour brings a trio of runner-up graded efforts into the Charles Town Oaks (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Miss Behaviour headlines an overflow field of 12 entered to sprint seven furlongs Saturday in the Grade 3, $500,000 Charles Town Oaks, the feature event scheduled for the track's sixth annual Race for the Ribbon program. The Phil Schoenthal trainee is suffering from a case of seconditis lately but could break through with a victory against this group.

The bay daughter of Jump Start is no stranger to the stakes ranks, recording wins in the Matron at Belmont and Monmouth Park's Sorority during her juvenile season. She ran second in the Sharp Cat back at Belmont before finishing fifth, her only unplaced run to date, in the Delta Downs Princess to close out 2013.

Thus far as a sophomore Miss Behaviour has captured the Miss Preakness and placed third in the Stormy Blues as well as second in her past trio of graded efforts -- the Prioress, Test and Victory Ride. The Test, a seven-furlong Grade 1 affair, saw the bay lass rally to just miss by a length on the wire behind Sweet Reason.

"I don't think there's any seconditis there," Schoenthal stated. "If that's the way it goes, there's no shame in defeat facing that type of horses. A lot of times it's the trip and the pace and how it shakes out. She's the kind of horse that gives her best effort and is always right there."

Schoenthal believes the setup on Saturday night may play to his filly's strengths.

"That (Delta Princess) was a mile at the end of a long campaign and shipping across the country and she probably just wasn't at her best that day. In the Victory Ride and Test she proved her worth against the best fillies in the country going six and a half or seven furlongs," he said.

"The bullring (at Charles Town) plays to her advantage. Hopefully she'll be on or near the lead turning for home and the closers will have to pick up their rally on the turn and weave through traffic on the turn rather than making their move."

With his filly installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite, Schoenthal hopes for an effort that keeps his stable star moving forward in the ranks of the country's top female sprinters.

"She is without question the greatest horse I've ever been around," he praised. "I want everyone to see how special she is."

Miss Behaviour will get a new pilot in jockey Jevian Toledo on Saturday.

Size is something of a puzzle in this race following a resounding defeat in the Alabama, but could return to form on the cutback to seven furlongs.

"The purse and the distance are the reasons to try the Oaks," trainer Bill Mott remarked. "We think she could be effective. She's proven that she's pretty good at a mile and a sixteenth. We think between she could be effective between seven furlongs and a mile and a sixteenth."

The First Samurai filly opened her career with three wins and a second over the spring and early summer, including victory in the Iowa Oaks on June 28. She was given seven weeks off following that contest and returned August 16 for the Alabama at Saratoga.

Unfortunately, Size was ninth and last in that 10-furlong contest, her first time running farther than 1 1/16 miles. The chestnut miss might enjoy Saturday's cutback in distance and keeps Junior Alvarado in the irons.

"I don't know what happened," Mott added. "She didn't want any part of a mile and a quarter. At least on that day she didn't."

Saintly Joan and Aqua Regia faced off in the Monmouth Oaks last out with the latter finishing second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of her third-place running rival. However, once the race had been declared official, their order had been reversed by the stewards. That gave Saintly Joan, winner of the Little Silver two races prior, the runner-up spot while Aqua Regia was forced to settle for third in just her second stakes attempt.

Saintly Joan has proven capable over multiple surfaces and distances (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

The Tom Albertrani-conditioned Aqua Regia will be cutting back to less than a mile for the first time since December and gets Eddie Castro returning to the saddle.

"For us, it looks like our filly is coming off a good race," Albertrani said of Aqua Regia. "We think she could handle the track. We're taking our chances with her stepping her up a little. But we felt our filly is coming off a nice race and felt this race might set up well for her."

The versatile Saintly Joan, who comes from trainer Patrick McBurney's shedrow, has competed short and long, on dirt, synthetic and turf, thus far in her short career. Angel Serpa was aboard the Northern Afleet filly for the Little Silver and has the call on Saturday.

"She was down on the inside and kind of saving ground and looking good," McBurney described Saintly Joan's troubled trip in the Monmouth Oaks. "It was almost at the point of the turn where there are a few little trees in there and we lost sight of her. When I picked her back up she was back in sixth place down on the inside. She actually hit the inside rail when the horse came down on her."

Come Saturday night, McBurney just hopes Saintly Joan not only gets a better trip, but also handles the configuration of the Charles Town oval.

"You never know when a horse shipping in will handle those turns, but we'll see," he added. "She's a good-sized, big three-year-old filly. Her running style is that she likes to be in the mix. Hopefully, we'll get a good stalking trip."

Stormy Novel ran second to Miss Behaviour in the Miss Preakness on May 16 and hasn't been seen in competition since taking the July 20 Miss Woodford. The John Servis charge will break from the rail while making her return in this spot under Kendrick Carmouche.

"To me, she went into the race really, really good, and she ran second out of the one hole, but it proved to me she was a quality filly," Servis said of Stormy Novel's effort in the Miss Preakness. "I ran her back a little soon in the Jostle, and it was home (at Parx), but it was too quick back for her. So I gave her some time, and she ran super in the Monmouth race (winning the Miss Woodford) and she's doing great for this race."

After winning the Miss Woodford, Servis decided to give his filly two months off -- a decision he attributes to little else but timing.

"The only other race in our timeframe was the Prioress, but I'd have to ship to Saratoga and then come right back in three weeks and ship to Charles Town," he explained. "I just figured I'd skip the Prioress and go right to this. My filly's doing awesome. If I'm not top three, she's just not good enough."

Also of note in the Charles Town's feature contest Saturday are Executive Allure and Nesso. The former scored her opening two races this year and exits a runner-up effort in Woodbine's Ontario Colleen. Nesso won the seven-furlong Gasparilla at Tampa Bay Downs in January and is already on her fourth trainer.

Stakes vixen Kiss to Remember and dual stakes-placed Pixie Dust complete the main body of the field. Discreetly Elusive, a half-length third in the Miss Woodford two back, and Saratoga maiden-claiming romper Sky Crew need defections to draw in from the also-eligible list.

There are five other stakes on the Race for the Ribbon card. Pants on Fire faces seven rivals in the $100,000 Wild and Wonderful going seven furlongs off a neck second in the Left Bank at Belmont Park on September 5. That followed a half-length second in the Philip H. Iselin and a third to open his seven-year-old season in the July 27 Monmouth Cup.

One race later, an overflow field of 12 distaffers has been entered to go the same distance in the $100,000 Pink Ribbon. Multiple Grade 2-placed Strike the Moon, the 2011 Charles Town Oaks heroine, finished second in this event 12 months ago and will take on multiple stakes queen Geeky Gorgeous and Flattering Bea, who is 5-4-0-0 over the track including the April 19 Sugar Maple.

There are three $50,000 stakes also scheduled, each carded at 4 1/2 furlongs and restricted to registered West Virginia-breds -- the It's Only Money for three-year-olds and up, the Henry Mercer Memorial for juveniles and the Rachel's Turn for two-year-old fillies which will kick off the stakes action for the day.

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In brief

Multiple Grade 1 winner Goldencents (Into Mischief) is scheduled to make his turf debut in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland on October 4. "We like the timing and the distance," trainer Doug O'Neill said in explaining the reason for the move to grass after a 16-race campaign on dirt and synthetic, including a 4 1/4-length score in the Pat O'Brien S. (G1) at seven furlongs on Del Mar's Polytrack August 24. "He acts like he'll run on anything, so we thought we'd give it a try," O'Neill said. "If all goes well we'll probably come back in the (Breeders' Cup) Dirt Mile ([G1] October 31), but if he were to run a Wise Dan-type of performance (in the Shadwell), then you never know. But the Shadwell is a great fit on our calendar. It works out well and the horse is doing great. We know he likes to travel, so we're going to try it and see what happens." The Breeders' Cup would be Goldencents' last race. The four-year-old colt owned by W.C. Racing is headed for stud at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky after that where he will stand for $12,500...

Dual champion Beholder (Henny Hughes), fully recovered from an injury in the Ogden Phipps (G1) at Belmont Park June 7, makes her first start since when she defends her title in the $300,000 Zenyatta S. (G1) at Santa Anita on September 27. "She'll have one more work (Saturday) and we're ready to go," Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella. Mike Smith takes over on Beholder for Gary Stevens, who is poised to ride again after recovering from knee replacement surgery. "Smith is at the top of his game and he's a top rider," Mandella said. Meanwhile, Santa Anita Oaks (G1) and Las Virgenes S. (G1) winner Fashion Plate (Old Fashioned) had been considered for the Zenyatta pending a workout this weekend, but Simon Callaghan called an audible. "We're not going to run" the trainer said Friday morning. "She's fine. We're just going to wait."...

Bargain claim Big Macher (Beau Genius) worked six furlongs in company on Santa Anita's main track Wednesday in 1:13 flat under Tyler Baze, after which trainer Richard Baltas said he was undecided on running the former $20,000 claimer in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) on October 4. Big Macher won the Bing Crosby S. (G1) at Del Mar July 27, then disappointed in the Pat O'Brien (G2) on August 24, finishing sixth of seven, beaten 11 1/4 lengths. "The Santa Anita Sprint Championship is a possibility," Baltas said after the work. Asked his take on the disappointing showing in the O'Brien, Baltas had a candid response. "I think I ran him back too quick. His blood wasn't perfect after the race. It was nothing major but something was a little bit off. He came back sound, so I assumed it was just the four-month layoff (from winning the Potrero Grande (G2) at Santa Anita on April 12 to capturing the Crosby) and then coming back in the O'Brien in less than four weeks."...

Citing a healthy equine inventory and increasing demand, Santa Anita and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) have announced that two additional race dates -- October 16 and 29 -- have been added to Santa Anita's upcoming Autumn Meet, which opens on September 26. The Autumn Meet will now offer fans and horsemen 25 racing days, to be highlighted by the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships on October 31 and November 1. "There is a great deal of anticipation for our upcoming meet and we feel these two additional dates will be well received by everyone," said Santa Anita President Tom Ludt. "Our racing calendar here in Southern California is still in a transitional stage and we're confident this will help to better fulfill everyone's needs." The first additional date, October 16, will follow a special Columbus Day of racing on October 13. The second date, October 29, will ensure that Santa Anita will conduct a five-day race week leading into the Breeders' Cup, thus providing live racing to potential thousands of Cup visitors. Closing day is November 2...

Trainer David Simcock has reported that Trade Storm (Trade Fair) and Sheikhzayedroad (Dubawi) -- who handed the conditioner a Grade 1 double in the Woodbine Mile and Northern Dancer on Sunday -- have both exited their efforts in good order and could log more air miles in the near future. "The two horses have arrived back happy and well," Simcock said. "They'll be given an easy few days during which we will discuss options with their connections. Sheikhzayedroad could possibly go to Ascot (for the Champion S. [Eng-G1] on October 18), but only if it came up very soft, or probably back to Canada for the (Canadian) International ([Can-G1] on October 19). Sheikh Fahad will decide whether Trade Storm goes to America for the Breeders' Cup Mile (on November 2) or to Australia for his next run (in the Cox Plate [Aus-G1] on October 26)," Simcock added...

In Friday's 80,000 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte (Fr-G3), Fractional (Manduro) was settled toward the back of midpack early by Maxime Guyon. The Andre Fabre trainee needed to be rousted along as the contest entered the final quarter-mile but responded to grab the advantage with 100 meters remaining and outstay Singapore Airlines International Cup (Mal-G1) runner-up and Arlington Million (G1) sixth Smoking Sun (Smart Strike). "We felt beforehand that he was back to his best and he proved it today," Godolphin's Lisa-Jane Graffard commented. "The race went very well for him -- he was very relaxed throughout and quickened nicely. Today was his main target and we have no plans for him at the moment." Third in the Prix Eugene Adam (Fr-G2) over Friday's track and 10-furlong trip in July 2012, Fractional went on to success in the listed Prix de Tourgeville and Prix Quincey (Fr-G3) going a mile at Deauville the following month before heading for the shelf. On a roll coming into this on the back of mile conditions scores at Lyon-Parilly and Longchamp, the bay signaled his return to better company with a game win moving back up to this distance for the first time since his sophomore days...

Milam (Street Sense) enters Saturday's $100,000 Dogwood S. (G3) at Churchill Downs ready for a rematch with Fiftyshadesofgold (My Golden Song), whom she finished a half-length behind in the Eight Belles S. (G3) on Kentucky Oaks Day. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Milam finished third in her last effort, the June 29 Victory Ride (G3) at Belmont Park. "Fiftyshadesofgold is one of the horses to beat," Kenneally said. "She's a tough horse but we're doing as well as we possibly can, so we'll see. I think it'll be a close race for sure. The race came up tough; it's a solid, deep race. Milam's doing really well; she hasn't run in a little while but she's worked over the Churchill track a couple of times this month and she's ready to run." Milam's last breeze under the Twin Spires came September 13 with a half-mile workout in :49. "She's been consistent all along," Kenneally said. "She likes the track and ran a big race in the Eight Belles at seven furlongs so it's an ideal spot for her."...

Mike Mayo, a handicapping tournament mainstay and the longtime chairman of the NHC Players' Committee, passed away Thursday after a brief illness. Mike and his wife, Marsha, were familiar faces at racetracks and handicapping tournaments around the country, including at the NHC, where he was a 10-time qualifier. As chairman of the NHC Players' Committee, Mayo was a tireless advocate for the horseplayer and a staunch believer that the NHC could help grow the popularity of horse racing. Under Mayo's steady hand, the committee helped set the stage for the 2008 launch of the NHC Tour, which connects tournaments through a points system and prize money. He was a longtime proponent of a "Final Table" format for the NHC. His vision become reality earlier this year when the NHC instituted a "Final 50" and "Final Table." Several years ago, Mayo sent a letter to the NTRA formally requesting that the organization appoint a horseplayer to its board of directors. He felt strongly that horseplayers, whose wagering dollars fuel every aspect of the industry, deserved a seat and voice at the table. In August, Judy Wagner became the first horseplayer elected to serve on the 13-member NTRA board. Funeral arrangements for Mayo are pending. Horseplayers and friends are asked to consider a contribution to Old Friends retirement farm, to go toward the care of the beautiful animals that brought him so much pleasure. Contributions can be made directly to Old Friends, 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, Kentucky 40324 or online via PayPal at oldfriendsequine.org...

Grade 3 hero Divine Oath (Broken Vow) will square off against six sophomore rivals in Saturday's $150,000 Kent (G3) at Delaware Park. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Divine Oath will receive class relief in the 1 1/8-mile turf affair following a sixth in the Secretariat (G1) on the Arlington Million undercard. He captured the American Derby (G3) two starts back and will pick up a new rider in Jose Caraballo. Stakes victor Cabo Cat (Kitten's Joy) exits a third in the Saranac (G3) at Saratoga and Bashart (War Front), a Grade 2-winning juvenile, was fourth in the same event while making his first attempt for trainer Michael Matz. Craftsman (Craftsman) is the lone horse with a win over the Delaware turf, capturing the Nick Shuk Memorial two starts back for Graham Motion...

Newbury plays host to the sprinting juveniles on Saturday, with Strath Burn (Equiano) bidding to cement his burgeoning reputation in the £75,000 Mill Reef S. (Eng-G2). Following a clear-cut maiden success in his July 3 debut going five furlongs over the track, the bay was denied a half-length by Kool Kompany (Jeremy) in the Prix Robert Papin (Fr-G2) going a half-furlong farther at Maisons-Laffitte on July 20. "This race has always been the plan, as we were keen not to over-race him this season," trainer Charlie Hills told PA Sport. "He's a horse we really like and he'll be even better next season. We've been pleased with his work at home and he looks to have a nice chance." Unbeaten so far and the last rival to get the better of Strath Burn's classy stablemate Cotai Glory (Exceed and Excel) is Limato (Tagula), who was clearly the better of the two when they clashed in the July 18 listed Rose Bowl S. over Saturday's track and six-furlong trip last out. Conditioner Henry Candy is taking a cautious approach with Limato after being forced to sidestep the Gimcrack (Eng-G2) at York last month due to a bad scope. "His form is good and he's obviously a good horse," Candy told PA Sport. "He's had two courses of antibiotics and his training has been a bit stop-start, so I'd just be a bit worried in that regard. He seems well now, but you'd just have to be a little worried how much it has affected him. I mustn't be too downbeat, though, as he's a very exciting horse." The unexposed types will be tested by Jungle Cat (Iffraaj), who has been either second or third in four consecutive Group 2 races, and also Norfolk (Eng-G2) scorer Baitha Alga (Fast Company). Trainer Richard Hannon is hoping for a return to his prior best from Baitha Alga, who was inexplicably poor when last of nine in the Gimcrack and is forced to carry a penalty for his Royal Ascot exploits. "Nothing came to light as to why Baitha Alga ran so poorly in the Gimcrack, but we have suffered some surprise reverses in two-year-old races at York before and just put it down to a bad day at the office," Hannon remarked. "That is the only blip on his CV -- his overall form is very sound and he is a real professional so, despite the three-pound penalty, we feel that he will run his race. He worked very nicely under Kieran O'Neill on Tuesday, switching off beautifully, which he didn't do at York."...

France's elite juveniles are beginning to build toward their all-important autumn targets, with Saturday's 80,000 Prix des Chenes (Fr-G3) at Longchamp the first pointer for the Criterium International (Fr-G1), and as usual it is to Andre Fabre that all refer as the record-holding trainer looks for an eighth edition. Of his pair, De Treville (Oasis Dream) has yet to disappoint, and the 850,000 guineas purchase will remain exciting until his fortunes dip. With just a July 17 seven-furlong maiden win to his name at Chantilly, the son of the high-class Dar Re Mi (Singspiel) has a lot to prove but has the pedigree to hit the heights and is in the right hands to be guided in that direction. Interestingly, the rival that De Treville had back in second last out was beaten out of sight by Evasive's First (Evasive) in the August 2 listed Prix des Jouvenceaux des Jouvencelles going seven furlongs at Vichy, and he sets a marginal standard. July 13 listed Prix Roland de Chambure winner Kenfreeze (Kendargent) represents the form of Longchamps's Prix la Rochette (Fr-G3), having been fifth behind Full Mast (Mizzen Mast) in that September 7 highlight, while Cherek (Paco Boy) is open to improvement after his August 30 Deauville maiden score...

Later on Longchamp's Saturday program, the €80,000 Prix du Prince d'Orange (Fr-G3) offers the latecomers a final chance to enter the Arc picture and one who could yet book a ticket to the showcase event is unbeaten Orienteer (Dansili). Brought along steadily by Andre Fabre so far, the homebred descendant of the high-class All at Sea (Riverman) beat subsequent Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) runner-up Shamkiyr (Sea the Stars) in his April 3 debut going 10 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte prior to a five-month lay-off. Back with a win over Saturday's course and 10-furlong distance on September 4, Orienteer faces an examination of his raw material in this spot with the likes of Free Port Lux (Oasis Dream) in attendance. Having beaten subsequent top-level scorers Adelaide (Galileo) and Gallante (Montjeu) in the 11-furlong Prix Hocquart (Fr-G2) on May 11, the bay was only 14th in the Jockey Club at Chantilly on June 1 and fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-G1) going 12 furlongs at Longchamp on July 13 before running second in Deauville's Prix Guillaume d'Ornano (Fr-G2) back at this distance on August 15...

Horsemen are reminded that the Horses of Racing Age section of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2014 Fall Mixed Sale is closing on Monday. The consignor contract form is available via the OBS website. A total of 468 horses are presently cataloged for the Mixed Sale, scheduled to begin on October 14 with Hip Numbers 1-238 selling in the consignor preferred session. Hips 239-470 in the open session will be offered on October 15 followed immediately by the Horses of Racing Age section. Both sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. (EDT). An optional under tack show is scheduled for October 13 at 10 a.m. (EDT). As always, the sale and under tack show will be streamed live via the OBS website, which will also offer a sortable master index providing searchable pedigree and consignor information as well as access to pedigree updates occurring since the catalog was printed...

Jim Pegram will handle business at the upcoming Santa Anita fall meet for 20-year-old newcomer Alex Canchari, who missed tying for the recent Canterbury Park riding title by one win. He tied with Dean Butler at 63 each, one behind winner Ry Eikleberry. "I missed 28 days of the meet and still almost won the title," said Canchari, a native of Shakopee, Minnesota, who is of Peruvian descent. "My father is from the same home town (Arequipa) as Rafael Bejarano."...

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will offer free general admission on Saturday, September 27, as part of Smithsonian magazine's 10th annual Museum Day Live! program. The Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT). A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! ticket is available via download at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. Visitors who present the ticket will be granted free admission for two people to the Museum on September 27 only...

Trainer Neil French is in Arcadia (California) Methodist Hospital after suffering a serious injury to his left leg in a fall at his barn early this week. "I saw him two days ago, just a day after surgery, and he was pretty comfortable and doing well that evening, but he said he was in intensive care the day before," trainer Richard Mandella said. French stable foreman Tomas Nunez said Friday morning that he had visited his 62-year-old boss the previous day and he was talking and in good spirits.

Princess of Sylmar retired

Princess of Sylmar made it four straight Grade 1 wins by dethroning Royal Delta in the 2013 Beldame (NYRA/Adam Coglianese/David Alcosser)
Multiple Grade 1 winner and $2 million-earner Princess of Sylmar has been retired, it was announced Friday night.

A homebred racing for Ed Stanco's King of Prussia Stable, the Todd Pletcher trainee hadn't duplicated her stellar 2013 form this campaign. She was most recently a dull fifth in the August 22 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, and exited the race with a case of the "thumps," an electrolyte imbalance.

The following appeared on Princess of Sylmar's Facebook page:

"I'm hanging up my racing hooves. This has been an amazing ride, and we owe everything to the fans who have shown so much love and support. Retirement isn't an end, but a new beginning. Thank you. We love you."

An announcement was likewise posted on the filly's official Twitter page:

"Retirement is calling, but we will never forget all of the fans and all of the love. This has been a life-changing experience for all of us."

Princess of Sylmar compiled a championship-caliber season in 2013. After springing a 38-1 upset in the Kentucky Oaks, defeating Beholder, the chestnut went on to dominate the Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama. She made it a Grade 1 grand slam next time in the Beldame, where she rolled past three-time Eclipse Award winner and defending Beldame champion Royal Delta.

Stanco sportingly opted to ship his New York-based star out west for the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita, where she would face Beholder on her own home track. Unfortunately, Princess of Sylmar threw in a subpar effort and trailed home last of six, while Beholder streaked to a 4 1/4-length victory. That cost Princess of Sylmar a divisional Eclipse Award as champion three-year-old filly, and lifted Beholder to her second Eclipse title.

Princess of Sylmar defeated Beholder in the Kentucky Oaks (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Princess of Sylmar reappeared in the April 6 Cat Cay at Aqueduct and cruised home by 3 1/2 lengths. Although a close second in the June 7 Ogden Phipps, just a head short of Close Hatches, Princess of Sylmar did beat Beholder, who reported home an injured fourth.

The Pennsylvania-bred then shipped near her birthplace for the historic Delaware Handicap, but she couldn't catch front-running Belle Gallantey. Princess of Sylmar, who was spotting her rival eight pounds as the 123-pound highweight, had to settle for second.

Connections opted to try Princess of Sylmar in blinkers in the Personal Ensign, an equipment change that did not have the desired result. Following her 13-length loss, she was discovered to have the thumps, prompting her team to take time before formulating plans.

Hers was a heartwarming story from the beginning. Stanco raced her dam, Storm Dixie, and planned to breed her to Grand Slam. But that well-established stallion was sidelined by injury right before the intended match, and Storm Dixie instead visited the court of a first-season sire -- Majestic Warrior. The serendipitous result was Princess of Sylmar, named after Ron and Betsy Houghton's farm where she was foaled near Christiana, Pennsylvania.

A 19-length maiden conqueror at Penn National as a juvenile in November 2012, Princess of Sylmar kept up her momentum when rising in class at Aqueduct. She thrashed entry-level allowance foes that December, and opened her sophomore season with similar routs in both the Busanda and Busher. Her four-race winning streak was halted by Close Hatches in the 2013 Gazelle, but Princess of Sylmar gained revenge in the Kentucky Oaks, and rose to national prominence.

Ed Stanco hailed his homebred as a "blessing beyond once in a lifetime" (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Princess of Sylmar retires with a mark of 15-9-3-0, $2,017,220, just eight days before she may have defended her title in the Beldame.

"Preparing her for her next race was taking longer than I expected," Pletcher said in the release posted on Facebook. "Because she will miss this year's running of the Beldame and the Spinster, Ed and I decided that timing is such that we decided to retire her."

"We were with her from birth and watched her grow up to be one of the finest fillies in the world," Stanco said. "Now she will enter the next phase of her life.

"The Princess was a blessing beyond once in a lifetime and she has provided our partners, families, friends and racing fans with unparalleled joy.

"My partners and I want to personally thank Joe Brocklebank our trusted advisor, Ron and Betsy Houghton who raised the Princess, Mike Smith, Javier Castellano and of course Todd and his team for using their skills to develop her into a classic filly.

"We also want to thank the connections of Beholder, Royal Delta and Close Hatches, because without them we wouldn't have had the world class competition that made racing the Princess so much fun."

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

AVOWAL S., WO, $116,240, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7FT, 9-20.
4—SURTSEY, f, 4, Heatseeker (IRE)--Kick'em Jenny, by Bold Executive. O-Yvonne Schwabe, B-Yvonne Schwabe Thoroughbreds (ON), T-Kevin Attard, J-Luis Contreras, $65,693.
2—Silent Treat, f, 4, Silent Name (JPN)--Crumpet, by Bold N' Flashy. O-Stablemates, B-Stablemates (ON), $29,197.
1—Smartyfly, f, 4, Smart Strike--Scarlet Butterfly, by Theatrical (IRE). O-Sam-Son Farm, B-Sam-Son Farm (ON), $12,044.
Also Ran: Why Katherine, Cat Lore, Hillaby, Remebel.
Winning Time: 1:22 2/5 (fm)
Margins: HF, 1HF, HD.
Odds: 16.60, 7.00, 3.10.
 
OVERSKATE S., WO, $114,782, 3YO/UP, 7F, 9-20.
3—PASO DOBLE, g, 8, Bold N' Flashy--Dance Lessons, by Foxhound. ($5,000 '07 FTKOCT). O-Centennial Farms (Niagara) Inc and Craig Racing, B-Fred Pace (KY), T-Mark Fournier, J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva, $68,430.
10—San Nicola Thunder, g, 4, Silent Name (JPN)--San Nicola Flyer, by Alydeed. O-Cooper, Paul and Pirone, Joe, B-Joseph Pirone (ON), $22,810.
4—Pender Harbour, g, 6, Philanthropist--Uproar, by Hail the Ruckus. ($15,782 '09 ONTSEP). O-Andrews, Dennis, Lazaruk, Sandra and Giffin, Rob and Roberta, B-Gardiner Farms Limited (ON), $11,405.
Also Ran: Jack Pine, Forester's Destiny, Langstaff, Sniper, Spadina Road, Too Many Egbert's, Mey's Rocket.
Winning Time: 1:21 2/5 (ft)
Margins: HD, HD, HF.
Odds: 5.25, 9.10, 2.05.
 
ALPHABET SOUP H., PRX, $102,750, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16MT, 9-20.
5—EDGE OF REALITY, c, 4, Lawyer Ron--Our Nancy Lee, by Touch Gold. ($85,000 '11 KEESEP). O-The Elkstone Group LLC, B-The Elkstone Group LLC (PA), T-H. Graham Motion, J-Irad Ortiz, Jr., $60,000.
6—Roadhog, g, 7, Bowman's Band--Little Wing, by Allen's Prospect. O-Ellendale Racing, B-Ellendale Racing LLC (PA), $20,000.
4—Page McKenney, g, 4, Eavesdropper--Winning Grace, by Yarrow Brae. O-Staple, Adam and Jalin Stable, B-Dr James E Bryant & Linda P Davis (PA), $13,750.
Also Ran: Dancing Lounge, Lightning Electric, Athelstane, Starry Moon, S S Skittles, Traffic Light, Atlantic Seaboard, El Capitan.
Winning Time: 1:42 3/5 (fm)
Margins: 3/4, 1 3/4, 3/4.
Odds: 3.40, 4.00, 3.70.
 
MUSICAL ROMANCE S., GP, $75,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 9-20.
3—OL DONYO, f, 4, Curlin--Royal Tigress, by Storm Cat. ($60,000 '10 KEENOV; $195,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-Newtown Anner Stud, B-Dixiana Stables Inc (KY), T-Martin D. Wolfson, J-Jilver Chamafi, $45,105.
6—Flores Island, f, 4, Giant's Causeway--Pension, by Seeking the Gold. ($100,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck), B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd (KY), $14,550.
11—Kipling's Joy, f, 4, Kipling--Cosmic Secrets, by Stalwars. ($13,000 '11 KEESEP; $40,000 2014 KEEJAN). O-Miller Racing LLC, B-Pope, Marc & Pope McLean Jr (KY), $7,275.
Also Ran: Triple Arch, Quinnkat, Salamera, Courtney Ryan, Horsin' Around.
Winning Time: 1:23 3/5 (sy)
Margins: 3HF, 2 1/4, 1 3/4.
Odds: 3.00, 6.10, 3.20.
 
RACHEL'S TURN S., CT, $51,100, 2YO, F, 4 1/2F, 9-20.
5—HARLAN'S DESTINY, f, 2, Harlan's Holiday--Mantekilla, by Lemon Drop Kid. O-James F Miller, B-James Miller (WV), T-Wayne M. Catalano, J-Rafael Manuel Hernandez, $30,660.
9—My Sister Caro, f, 2, Bop--Rite of Spring, by Feel the Power. ($14,000 '13 FTMSEP). O-Kenyon G Furlong, B-O'Sullivan Farms LLC (WV), $10,220.
4—Just a Real Cat, f, 2, Fiber Sonde--Be Fuhr Real, by Langfuhr. O-John D McKee, B-John D McKee (WV), $5,621.
Also Ran: Mint to Fly, Sassafras Springs, Whisper Win, Dynamizzen, Little Enemy, Miss Stroud.
Winning Time: :53 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 5 1/4, NK, 1.
Odds: 1.10, 5.20, 14.60.
 
TE ATA S., RP, $50,000, 3YO, F, 7F, 9-19.
1—LIVELY VISION, f, 3, Pollard's Vision--Lively, by Louis Quatorze. ($4,700 '12 OKCAUG; $4,200 '12 OKCAUG). O-Big Sugar Racing LLC, B-John James Revocable Trust (OK), T-Timothy E. Martin, J-Ramon A. Vazquez, $30,000.
4—Cheyenne Blues, f, 3, Foreign Policy--Miz Moody Blues, by Alamocitos. O-John A Kester, B-Bob Pogue & Paulette Pogue (OK), $10,000.
*7—Zeta Zody, f, 3, Omega Code--The Penguin, by Devious Course. ($3,500 '12 OKCAUG). O-Ulwelling, Al and Bill, B-Robert H Zoellner (OK), $5,500.
Also Ran: Cass Lake Kitty, Okie Smokey, Mama's Mad Money, Okie Princess, Justapurdybirdie, Devious Rumor, For All You Know.
Winning Time: 1:24 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 2, 1, 3 3/4.
Odds: 1.90, 17.80, 41.10.
     ***Okie Smokey finished third but was disqualified and placed fifth.
 
TISHOMINGO S., RP, $50,000, 3YO, C/G, 7F, 9-19.
1—ALPHA AND OMEGA, g, 3, Omega Code--Holy Belle, by Holy Bull. O-Robert H Zoellner, B-Robert H Zoellner (OK), T-Donnie K. Von Hemel, J-Luis S. Quinonez, $30,000.
4—Stormin Scat, g, 3, King of Scat--Ciens Storm, by Cien Fuegos. O-Duane Stevens, B-Vicki Coldiron (OK), $10,000.
3—Top Notch Slew, g, 3, Evansville Slew--Momie Marie, by Wolf Power (SAF). O-C R Trout, B-C R Trout (OK), $5,500.
Also Ran: Fesstune, Quick Sand, Big Sugar High, Mr. Starofthenight.
Winning Time: 1:23 3/5 (ft)
Margins: 2HF, NK, 2 3/4.
Odds: 0.70, 6.40, 31.80.
 
ALBERTA PREMIER'S FUTURITY, NP, $44,796, 2YO, 6 1/2F, 9-20.
3—CENTREFIRE, g, 2, North Light (IRE)--Golden Made, by Allen's Prospect. (C$50,000 '13 ALBOCT). O-Landry, Curtis, Landry, Darrell, Red Diamond Stable and Highfield SF Ltd, B-Highfield SF Ltd (AB), T-Greg Tracy, J-Scott Williams, $27,372.
2—R Valentino, g, 2, Alydeed--Rosetti's Rose, by Rosetti. O-Ken Tingle, B-Gordon Wilson (AB), $9,124.
6—Xtreme Denigray, g, 2, Rosetti--Classa Red Wine, by Baquero. (C$1,000 '13 ALBOCT). O-Bensmiller, Darlene and Graling, Ted, B-Calmar Stables and Ranch (AB), $4,562.
Also Ran: Kristachio, Cure the Gold, Spiceseller, Wild Tactics, Victory Storm, Queens Hombre, Rural Echo.
Winning Time: 1:19 3/5 (ft)
Margins: 6, 2HF, 5 1/4.
Odds: 4.10, 2.30, 8.60.
 
STURGEON RIVER S., NP, $44,578, 2YO, F, 6 1/2F, 9-20.
9—GINGER SMASH, f, 2, Cape Canaveral--Crystal Halo, by Halo. (C$5,000 '13 ALBOCT). O-Juris, Jim and Smith, Linda D, B-Highfield SF Ltd (AB), T-Ron K. Smith, J-Rico W. Walcott, $27,372.
2—Wild Deuces, f, 2, Formal Gold--Wild Creek, by Chapel Creek. (C$40,000 '13 ALBOCT). O-Howg, Randy, Gordon, Tim and Tremblay, Norman, B-Barbara Saunders (AB), $9,124.
3—Last Flight, f, 2, Thunder Touch--Randi, by Regal Intention. O-Holm-Bred Farm, B-Holm-Bred Farm Ltd (AB), $4,562.
Also Ran: She's It Again, Tequila Night, Jiffy J Lo, Life of Freedom, Almost Ninety.
Winning Time: 1:20 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 5 1/4, 4 1/4, 3HF.
Odds: 1.45, 2.85, 31.25.
 
BEAUFORT S., NP, $44,360, 3YO, 1 1/16M, 9-20.
5—WILD LEGEND, g, 3, Gold Legend--Wild Creek, by Chapel Creek. O-Barb Saunders, B-Barbara Saunders (AB), T-Dale L. Saunders, J-Scott Williams, $27,372.
2—Awesome Nugget, g, 3, Kiridashi--Awesome Deal, by Littlebitlively. O-Tom Rycroft, B-Larry & Bev LaBonte (AB), $9,124.
1—Dark Fusion, g, 3, Unification--Sip'n Time, by Steinlen (GB). O-Lavern Doran, B-Lavern Doran (AB), $4,562.
Also Ran: Kaleohano, Whatabear, Balladoindybandedo.
Winning Time: 1:44 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 17HF, 2HF, 3/4.
Odds: 0.45, 2.65, 30.90.
 
RED DIAMOND EXPRESS H., NP, $44,360, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 9-20.
3—TINY GIANT, g, 7, Lost Canyon (GB)--Alta Aire, by Slew City Slew. O-Demers, Mickey, Mailloux, Gary and Viking Stable, B-Joan Petrowski (AB), T-Joan Petrowski, J-Rico W. Walcott, $27,372.
5—Gone in a Flash, g, 7, El Corredor--Excitabull Trick, by Clever Trick. O-Bar None Ranches Ltd, B-Bar None Ranches Ltd (AB), $9,124.
1—Bond James Bond, g, 6, Old Topper--Excitations, by Jolie's Halo. O-Riversedge Racing Stables, Ltd, B-John Vandelight & Darcy Cowell (AB), $4,562.
Also Ran: Catchtheconnection, Hollywood Dreams, Clever Speed.
Winning Time: 1:17 (ft)
Margins: 2 3/4, 5 1/4, 1 1/4.
Odds: 1.40, 1.60, 18.40.

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Canadian classic heroes Coltimus Prime, Ami's Holiday square off in Ontario Derby

Coltimus Prime has "transformed" into a top competitor (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

Prince of Wales champ Coltimus Prime will take on Breeders' Stakes winner Ami's Holiday in Sunday's co-featured Grade 3, $150,000 Ontario Derby at Woodbine.

The Justin Nixon-trained dark bay, who is named in honor of the leader of the Autobots from the Transformers series, will look to add graded status to his improving credentials in the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack stake.

Coltimus Prime rose to prominence in November, breaking his maiden by a widening eight lengths before completing his juvenile campaign with a strong second-place finish, defeated just a neck, to Ontario Derby rival Jose Sea View in the Display Stakes.

Nixon targeted the Triple Crown with Coltimus Prime, saddling the colt to a lackluster run in the Tampa Bay Derby in his sophomore debut before shipping him to Keeneland for a fifth-place finish in the Blue Grass Stakes.

Off the Kentucky Derby trail and re-focused on the Canadian classics, Coltimus Prime thrived in his return to Woodbine, finishing second and then first in a pair of allowance events before setting a quick tempo en route to a ninth-place effort in the Queen's Plate.

On July 29, making just his second career start on dirt, the dark bay colt put together the biggest performance of his career to capture the Prince of Wales Stakes, second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, at Fort Erie. Sent to post at odds of 5-1, Coltimus Prime, with Eurico Rosa da Silva in the irons for the first time, made every pole a winning one, covering 1 3/16-miles in 1:54 2/5.

"It was the biggest moment of my career," Nixon stated. "Coming into the stretch, and looking at the fractions, I thought we had a pretty good chance to win it and when he kicked on it was awful special. He was just dynamite."

Following the Prince of Wales coup, Nixon shipped Coltimus Prime to Saratoga with big aspirations.

"We were thinking of running in the Travers," the horseman clarified. "We brought him down there and worked him over the track and he just didn't work as sharp as we would like him to, so we backed away from that plan and came home."

Since his return to Woodbine, Coltimus Prime has breezed twice over the Woodbine Polytrack, including a swift five-panel effort in 1:00 2/5 on September 14 with da Silva aboard. That sharp work matches nicely with a bullet work recorded by Coltimus Prime on July 22, just before his big effort in the Prince of Wales.

Ami's Holiday returns to the Polytrack for the Ontario Derby following his grassy win in the Breeders' (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

"He hadn't worked on Poly since before the Prince of Wales so I asked Eurico, who worked him last time, to give him a little squeeze at the top of the lane and make sure he gets something out of it," Nixon explained. "I don't need him going in :59 every week. Prior to the Prince of Wales, he worked between races so we knew he'd be a little geared up and put in a pretty fast work. Does he need to work that fast? I 'm not convinced of that. I'm happy with how he completed the most recent work and he's been training very well coming into this race."

Although Coltimus Prime's best efforts have come when more forwardly placed, Nixon isn't convinced his colt needs the lead.

"Arguably, his best races are on the front. But, if the fractions are too quick, he doesn't need to be there," the trainer said. "His best efforts have come when he's comfortable on the front and the fractions are reasonable. I still think he's tactical."

A graded win for Coltimus Prime, bred in Ontario by co-owner Jayson Horner, would be a feather in the cap of the Cabernet Racing group.

"It's a graded stake and one of the better races remaining for straight three-year-olds across North America," Nixon remarked. "It would mean a lot for Mr. Horner to get a big piece of it given that he still owns the mare (Certainly Special) and it would also help his half-sister Crysta's Court in the breeding shed as well."

To earn that special victory, Coltimus Prime will have to fend off the closing kick of Ami's Holiday, who made a breakthrough of his own when taking Woodbine's Breeders' Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, in his first attempt on turf.

The Ivan Dalos homebred became a graded winner in October with a last-to-first rally to win the Grey Stakes and opened his sophomore campaign with a fourth-place run in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 19. The bay son of Harlan's Holiday then returned to Woodbine, where he narrowly missed in the Marine Stakes when a neck third after lacking racing room in the final strides.

Trained by Josie Carroll, Ami's Holiday put in a peak performance in the Queen's Plate, rallying from 13th position out of the difficult 15 post, to be second behind filly Lexie Lou. He continued his good form in the Prince of Wales, once again rallying while wide for show money as the favorite, before putting forth a sharp turn of foot down the lane to his turf coup in the Breeders'.

Ami's Holiday has posted a trio of quick works following the Breeders', including a September 14 move of 1:00 3/5 for five furlongs. Luis Contreras retains the mount.

Also featured on Sunday's card is the $125,000 La Lorgnette, a 1 1/16-mile Polytrack stakes for three-year-old fillies. The strong eight-horse field is led by Bison City heroine Unspurned and Grade 2 vixen Llanarmon.

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Bullheaded Boy, Temper Mint Patty headline Belmont juvenile stakes

Sunday's card at Belmont Park will be highlighted by a pair of New York-bred juvenile stakes races -- the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard and $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma -- which will both be contested at seven furlongs on the main track, and serve as a prelude for the Sleepy Hollow and Maid of the Mist, to be run on October 18, Empire Showcase Day.

The Bongard will feature a promising collection of New York-bred two-year-olds, headed by the Todd Pletcher-trained Bullheaded Boy.

Bullheaded Boy, the 9-5 favorite on the morning-line, debuted over a sloppy track on July 31 at Saratoga in a five-furlong dash. The son of Bullsbay prompted the pace that day before edging clear to prevail by a half-length. The Gary Barber colorbearer made his next start in the Funny Cide Stakes for New York-breds at 6 1/2 furlongs, but was no match for the talented pair of Upstart and Bustin It and finished third, beaten 9 1/4 lengths.

Bullheaded Boy drew post 5, and Hall of Famer John Velazquez retains the mount.

Tizquick, trained by John Kimmel for GoldMark Farm, also had the misfortune of encountering Upstart in his first start. The $50,000 yearling purchase debuted on August 15 at the Spa, and was beaten 5 1/4 lengths in a 5 1/2-furlong affair.

Junior Alvarado will be back aboard Tizquick, who is 5-1 on the morning-line and drew post 4.

The addition of blinkers helped Saratoga Heater immensely in his second start, and continued improvement could be possible in the Bongard. Both of the Temple City colt's first two starts came over sloppy tracks at the Spa, but produced starkly different results.

In his debut, Saratoga Heater was beaten 10 lengths by Bullheaded Boy, but won by 2 1/4 lengths at second asking equipped with blinkers for the first time.

Previously trained by Al Stall, the bay colt will go out for Lisa Lewis and be ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario. Saratoga Heater colt sits at 7-2 on the morning-line and drew the rail.

Rounding out the field are Banana Thief, who broke his maiden by 5 1/2 front-running lengths on turf in his latest start; Market Conduct, a 2 1/2-length maiden victor on August 10 at the Spa; and Chloe's Wonderboy, who took a $25,000 maiden claimer on August 30 at Parx Racing.

The Gimma, which is restricted to fillies, is headlined by impressive debut winner Temper Mint Patty. The Congrats filly broke her maiden by a neck on August 29 at Saratoga in a gritty performance for trainer Dale Romans. She tracked a swift pace along the inside that day, was put to a drive rounding the far turn, and overhauled My Super Nova, who will also contest the Gimma, in the final jumps.

"I wish they all were as easy to train as her," Romans said. "She has a lot of talent, and hopefully will improve off (her debut). She was so professional already, and she's just been staying the course since that race. (Seven furlongs) won't be a problem for her. She sat behind horses, took dirt, and came running."

Temper Mint Patty, 4-1 on the morning-line, drew the rail and will be ridden again by Irad Ortiz Jr.

My Super Nova will represent trainer George Weaver in the Gimma. The daughter of Super Saver dueled through strong fractions in her unveiling on August 29, but succumbed late to Temper Mint Patty.

Joel Rosario takes the return call on My Super Nova, 7-2 on the morning-line, and the pair will depart from post 6.

The Gimma also features stakes winner Myfourchix, 3-1 on the morning-line. The Rick Schosberg-trained bay filly commenced her career with a strong second-place finish on July 30 at Saratoga. Rather than enter her back in a maiden race, Schosberg decided to take a shot in the 6 1/2-furlong Seeking the Ante Stakes on August 24 at the Spa and was rewarded with a three-length victory.

Cornelio Velasquez will again ride Myfourchix, and the duo drew the outermost post 7.

The field will also be joined by Hard to Stay Notgo, a sharp maiden winner on August 6 at Saratoga; Evrybdymstgetstonz, runner-up in the Lady Finger Stakes at Finger Lakes in her most recent outing; and Freudie Annie and Majestic Bloom, who broke their maidens on turf at first asking.

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 4TH, ALW, $100,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 9-20.
1—MONAGUSKA, m, 5, Yonaguska--Monaroll, by Wavering Monarch. O-Pewter Stable and Ramos, Christopher, B-A Delaperriere Stables LLC (FL), T-Kathleen A. Demasi, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $60,000.
4—Disco Chick, f, 3, Jump Start--Disco Flirt, by Disco Rico. O-Freedom Acres, Inc, B-Y Jerry Kolybabiuk (PA), $20,000.
6—Hallie Brooks, f, 4, A. P. Warrior--Jon's Kimberly, by Criminal Type. O-Silver Trail Stables LLC, B-Mr & Mrs Marty Hershe (FL), $11,000.
Winning Time: 1:09 (ft)
 
PRX, 8TH, AOC, $93,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70Y, 9-20.
5—CATCH MY DRIFT, f, 3, Pioneerof the Nile--Drift to the Lead, by Yonaguska. ($95,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Hidden Brook Farm, B-Fred W Hertrich III & John D Field (KY), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $55,200.
2—Primo Via, m, 5, Candy Ride (ARG)--Breezy Street, by Brushed On. O-LA Thoroughbreds, B-Cedar Meadow, Inc (PA), $18,400.
6—Smart Number, f, 3, Curlin--Star Number, by Polish Numbers. O-Fitzhugh LLC, B-Fitzhugh, LLC (PA), $10,120.
Winning Time: 1:41 3/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 5TH, ALW, $91,750, 3YO/UP, 7F, 9-20.
4—BAMA BOUND, g, 4, Rock Hard Ten--Leo's Gypsy Dancer, by Leo Castelli. ($120,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Silver Trail Stables LLC, B-Bryan Hicks (FL), T-Ramon Preciado, J-Roberto Alvarado, Jr., $54,000.
2—Cu Chulainn, c, 3, Pioneerof the Nile--Cheeksandpeanuts, by Pioneering. O-Gryphon Investments LLC, B-Gryphon Investments, LLC (KY), $18,000.
1—Engine, c, 4, Mineshaft--Saunter, by Strolling Along. ($90,000 '10 KEENOV; $250,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Robert V LaPenta, B-Hopewell Investments LLC (KY), $9,900.
Winning Time: 1:21 3/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 7TH, ALW, $91,250, 3YO/UP, 7F, 9-20.
1—CAST A DOUBT, g, 5, Wildcat Heir--Casting Pearls, by Fusaichi Pegasus. ($19,000 '10 OBSJAN; $50,000 2011 OBSMAR). O-Marshall K Gramm, B-Shelley Huber (FL), T-Lisa Guerrero, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $54,000.
5—Fly Bye Pomeroy, c, 4, Pomeroy--Fly Bye Dancer, by Fire Dancer. ($43,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Andrew Sulley, B-Scott Lackey (FL), $18,000.
10—Domissme, g, 4, Belong to Me--Monkton Miss, by Out of Place. O-Equivine Farm, B-Equivine Farm (PA), $9,900.
Winning Time: 1:21 1/5 (ft)
 
BEL, 7TH, ALW, $77,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1MT, 9-20.
12—DISTORTED BEAUTY, f, 3, Invasor (ARG)--Very Funny, by Distorted Humor. O-Bloodlines Racing Partnerships, B-Dr James Randall McGlinn (NY), T-Bruce N. Levine, J-Jose L. Ortiz, $46,200.
4—Cash For Ever (IRE), f, 3, Teofilo (IRE)--Rozella (IRE), by Anabaa. (90,000EUR '12 ARQAUG). O-Frederic Sauque, B-M Henochsberg & Madame D Ades-Haza (IRE), $15,400.
5—Sky Painter, f, 3, Street Cry (IRE)--Skylighter, by Sky Mesa. O-Godolphin Racing LLC, B-Darley (KY), $7,700.
Winning Time: 1:34 4/5 (fm)
 
BEL, 4TH, ALW, $75,000, 3YO/UP, 1M, 9-20.
1—BEAUTYINTHEPULPIT, h, 6, Pulpit--Stolen Beauty, by Deputy Minister. O-Dubb, Michael, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Aisquith, Gary, B-Albert Fried Jr (NY), T-Rudy R. Rodriguez, J-Manuel Franco, $45,000.
2—Eye Luv Lulu, g, 3, Pollard's Vision--Honky Tonk Trick, by Phone Trick. O-Donald Newman LLC, B-Donald Newman (NY), $15,000.
3—Big Business, g, 6, Eddington--Spanish Guitar, by Birdonthewire. ($115,000 2010 FTMMAY). O-Gary Barber, B-Henthorn Racing Inc (NY), $7,500.
Winning Time: 1:34 2/5 (ft)
 
WO, 9TH, ALW, $58,449, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6FT, 9-20.
7—GRANDMA'S HOUSE, f, 3, Limehouse--Barbs Glitter, by Glitterman. O-Cooper, Paul and Cardella, John, B-Gabe Grossberg (KY), T-John Cardella, J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva, $32,080.
2—Norquay, f, 3, Fairbanks--Evening Princess, by Monarchos. ($70,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Jus Luk Stable, Mah, Richard and Reade Baker Racing Stable, Inc, B-C Kidder, N Cole, J K Griggs & L Griggs (PA), $10,693.
9—Jean's a Lady, f, 4, War Cry--Astute Lady, by Smart Strike. O-John, Curtis and Panza, Gino, B-John J Curtis & Gino Panza (ON), $9,404.
Winning Time: 1:10 (fm)
 
MTH, 9TH, ALW, $46,271, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 9-20.
4—ACINI DI PEPE, c, 4, Great Notion--Soup It Up, by Alphabet Soup. O-D'Arrigo Racing Stable, B-D'Arrigo Racing Stable (NJ), T-Michael S. Mullin, J-Ramon F. Moya, $26,933.
2—Miami Music, g, 5, Defrere--Dusty Evening, by Dusty Screen. O-Howard R Brown, Jr, B-Daniel Ljoka (NJ), $9,450.
8—Social Network, g, 3, Offlee Wild--Website, by Afleet. O-Prima Ventures LLC, B-Spring Run Farm, LLC (NJ), $4,725.
Winning Time: 1:43 (ft)
 
LRL, 7TH, ALW, $44,353, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2FT, 9-20.
6—SILVER MARKET, m, 5, After Market--Something Silver, by Silver Deputy. O-The Jim Stable, B-Kinsman Farm (KY), T-King T. Leatherbury, J-Eric Camacho, $23,940.
4—Sweet Soliloquy, f, 3, Oratory--Made from Scratch, by Waquoit. O-Sweet Spirits Stables LLC, B-Country Life Farm, Darley, Jim &a Gail Poulos (MD), $10,364.
8—Eddy Gourmet, f, 4, Eddington--Mz. Ann, by Citidancer. ($20,000 '11 FTMOCT; $40,000 2013 KEENOV). O-Toby Roth, B-Michael P Cataneo (MD), $5,429.
Winning Time: 1:01 2/5 (fm)
 
CD, 8TH, AOC, $43,000, 3YO/UP, 1M, 9-19.
2—CAMEO APPEARANCE, c, 4, Majestic Warrior--Sweet Beat, by Tiznow. O-West, Gary and Mary, B-Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc (KY), T-Wayne M. Catalano, J-Shaun Bridgmohan, $25,800.
9—Nicklaus Way, g, 5, Bluegrass Cat--Lizzy's Bluff, by Pine Bluff. ($75,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Maggi Moss, B-D H Niall & M L Niall (KY), $8,600.
5—Myositis Dan, c, 3, Istan--Cranberry Sauce, by Harlan's Holiday. O-Brereton C Jones, B-Brereton C Jones (KY), $4,300.
Winning Time: 1:36 (ft)
 
LRL, 9TH, ALW, $42,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2FT, 9-20.
2—ROYAL RENEGE, f, 4, Broken Vow--Princess V., by Memo (CHI). O-Mrs Timothy J Gardner, B-Nina H Gardner (PA), T-Elizabeth M. Merryman, J-Victor R. Carrasco, $23,940.
8—Smart n Smokin, f, 4, Smoke Glacken--Smart Triad, by Smarten. ($8,000 '11 KEESEP). O-McKinney, Laura M and Merryman, Ann W, B-Laura McKinney & Smoke Glacken Syndicate (KY), $8,820.
4—Lawless Miss, m, 5, Posse--Unbridled Pleasure, by Unbridled's Song. ($57,000 2011 OBSMAR). O-Richard Santulli, B-Gulf Coast Farms, LLC (KY), $4,620.
Winning Time: 1:02 3/5 (fm)
 
CD, 8TH, AOC, $40,647, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 9-20.
6—TAKETHEODDS, f, 3, Street Sense--Belterra, by Unbridled. O-Robert T Manfuso, B-Robert T Manfuso (KY), T-Ian R. Wilkes, J-Julien R. Leparoux, $24,600.
3—Sassy Kiss, f, 4, Mr. Greeley--Willow Point, by Fusaichi Pegasus. ($45,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Lloyd Schwing Racing LLC, B-Bill Justice & Ted Taylor (KY), $8,200.
4—Belle Natalie, f, 4, First Defence--Yankee Belle, by Yankee Gentleman. ($20,000 '10 KEENOV). O-Stephen Wigmore, B-Sean Gorman (KY), $4,100.
Winning Time: 1:17 (ft)
 
GP, 4TH, AOC, $39,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 9-20.
1—PURCHANGO, g, 3, Two Step Salsa--Pitch a Penny, by Eltish. O-Roger L Block, B-Roger Block (FL), T-Gerald Procino, J-Jonathan J. Gonzales, $23,800.
8—Noble Prince, g, 4, Chapel Royal--Amaday, by Dayjur. O-Marable, S, Calascibetta Racing Stable Inc and Fralick, Walt, B-Miriam Michelle Robles (FL), $8,150.
2—We're All Set, g, 3, With Distinction--True Glitter, by Robin Des Pins. ($27,000 '12 OBSAUG; $30,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Elkins, Ione and Herbert J, B-Curtis Mikkelsen & Patricia Horth, Gordon & Lindie Reiss (FL), $3,900.
Winning Time: 1:11 (sy)
 
RP, 8TH, ALW, $38,250, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 9-19.
2—ALL ABOUT BROWNIE, f, 4, Evansville Slew--All Or Nothing, by Ghazi. O-Michael E Biehler, B-Mike Biehler (OK), T-Michael E. Biehler, J-Lori Keith, $21,768.
9—Valid A. J., m, 5, Ocean Terrace--Valid Kris, by Valid Wager. O-Poindexter Thoroughbreds LLC, B-H Allen Poindexter (OK), $8,356.
3—Aunt Sissy, f, 3, National Saint--Exotic, by Vindication. O-Black Hawk Stable (James Rogers), B-James W Rogers (OK), $4,884.
Winning Time: 1:04 4/5 (ft)
 
IND, 1ST, AOC, $38,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7 1/2FT, 9-20.
6—FRANKY AND JANE, f, 4, Heart of the Storm--Galina, by Running Stag. O-Richard D Maynard, B-Richard Maynard (IN), T-Luis A. Jurado, J-Albin Jimenez, $22,800.
4—Oh Juliet, f, 4, Shakespeare--Sister Crimson, by Sky Classic. ($19,000 '11 FTKOCT). O-Bush, Nancy and Bush, Amanda, B-Justice Farm & Greg Justice (IN), $7,600.
3—Annamonarchos, f, 4, Monarchos--Avie's Dancer, by Lord Avie. ($6,700 '11 INDOCT). O-Steven Mueller, B-Meadow Springs Farm, LLC (IN), $3,800.
Winning Time: 1:32 1/5 (fm)
 
PEN, 4TH, ALW, $33,300, 3YO/UP, 1M, 9-19.
3—ONE FAST SARAVA, g, 5, Sarava--Hard and Fast, by Fortunate Prospect. ($2,000 '10 OBSJAN). O-Old First Ward Stable, B-Dr Myron Wilson (PA), T-William C. Hedus, J-Hector Caballero, $19,980.
6—Moorestown Jackie, g, 6, Toccet--Moorestown, by Allen's Prospect. O-Double Bogey Racing, B-Larry Ciletti (PA), $6,660.
2—Sciacca, g, 4, Elite Squadron--Moonlite Hunt, by Deerhound. ($27,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Al Lupcho, Jr, B-William E Riddle, Jr (PA), $3,663.
Winning Time: 1:38 3/5 (ft)
 
PEN, 6TH, ALW, $32,301, 3YO/UP, 1M, 9-19.
6—ANTHONY'S FLYER, c, 3, Graeme Hall--Cimarron Rain, by Indian Charlie. O-Z and Z Stables, B-Angelo Zalalas (PA), T-Michael Zalalas, J-Wilfredo Corujo, $19,980.
4—Deep Water, g, 5, Corinthian--Very Classy Gal, by Giant's Causeway. ($60,000 '09 KEENOV). O-Marvin S Factor, B-Mr & Mrs Rick Abbott & Jonathan Thorne (PA), $6,660.
8—Believe in Fun, g, 4, Barbican--I'd Believe, by Ide. O-Al Lupcho, Jr, B-Xanthus Farms, Inc (PA), $3,663.
Winning Time: 1:40 2/5 (ft)
 
DEL, 3RD, ALW, $31,625, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70YT, 9-20.
12—PRINCIPESSA AVA (IRE), f, 3, Ad Valorem--Creme De La Creme (IRE), by Montjeu (IRE). (500EUR '12 GOFOCT). O-Spirit Lake Enterprises, B-Grangemore Stud (IRE), T-Jonathan E. Sheppard, J-Fray Martinez, $18,600.
8—Big N Toasty, f, 3, Brother Derek--Key Lime Secret, by Limehouse. ($36,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-VP Horse Racing Stable, B-Alan Parker & Janet W Hoke DVM (FL), $6,200.
2—Weave, f, 4, Arch--Thread, by Topsider. ($42,000 '11 KEESEP). O-The Buttonwood Group, B-Claiborne Farm (KY), $3,410.
Winning Time: 1:39 3/5 (fm)
 
TDN, 5TH, ALW, $29,800, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70Y, 9-20.
4—NATURAL BLING, f, 3, Too Much Bling--Natural Nine, by Cryptoclearance. O-Blazing Meadows Farm LLC, B-Blazing Meadows Farm (OH), T-Timothy E. Hamm, J-Pablo Morales, $17,880.
3—Team Halo, f, 3, Shaniko--Winterello, by Thunderello. O-Team Ramgeet Racing Stable LLC, B-Team Ramgeet Racing LLC (OH), $5,960.
1—Mandabull, m, 5, Newfoundland--Turn to Angel, by Avies Copy. O-Robert C Bennett, B-Trish Bennett (OH), $2,980.
Winning Time: 1:46 1/5 (ft)
 
CT, 8TH, ALW, $29,200, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 9-19.
1—DAPPER DUDE, g, 5, Street Cry (IRE)--Style Setter, by Manila. O-D Calvin Swomley, B-W S Farish (KY), T-Manolo Mangual, J-Erik Ramirez, $17,400.
6—Golden Set, g, 6, Tapit--Swing Set, by Swing Till Dawn. ($50,000 '09 KEESEP). O-David M Raim, B-William R Ward Jr (WV), $5,800.
9—Joey N, g, 4, Outflanker--Foggia, by Unaccounted For. O-Premier Stables Unlimited, B-Mr & Mrs William Nicola (PA), $2,900.
Winning Time: 1:19 (ft)
 
TDN, 3RD, ALW, $27,700, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 9-20.
5—HEROESS, f, 3, Street Hero--Snazzy, by Kris S.. O-Langsem Farm, Inc, B-Langsem Farm, Inc (OH), T-Anthony F. Rini, J-Jason P. Lumpkins, $16,620.
6—Iamacongatoo, f, 4, Congaree--Imahoneytoo, by Latvia. O-Ronald Zielinski, B-Ronald Zielinski (OH), $5,540.
3—Holiday Weekend, f, 3, City Weekend--Holiday Rates, by Concorde's Tune. O-Mast Thoroughbreds LLC, B-R Gorham & Mast Thoroughbreds LLC (OH), $2,770.
Winning Time: 1:14 (ft)
 
CT, 7TH, ALW, $27,100, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 9-19.
3—CHERIE'S A. P., f, 3, A. P. Warrior--Cherie, by Afleet. O-Matthew Schera, B-Charles Fipke (KY), T-James L. Lawrence, II, J-Travis L. Dunkelberger, $16,200.
1—By Golly Molly, f, 4, Afleet Alex--Affair at Dawn, by Black Tie Affair (IRE). O-Silverton Hill LLC, B-Damara Farm LC (KY), $5,400.
6—Ok Listen Up, m, 5, Oratory--Todays Kitten, by Tomorrows Cat. O-Karl B Johnson, Sr, B-Karl B Johnson Sr (WV), $2,700.
Winning Time: 1:25 1/5 (ft)
 
LAD, 9TH, ALW, $25,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 9-19.
6—BLADING WILD CAT, f, 3, Offlee Wild--Falun Dafa, by Editor's Note. ($10,000 '12 LTBSEP). O-Hodges, Phyllis J and Rowell, Nicky, B-Gulf States Racing Stables III (LA), T-James E. Hodges, J-Donald Edward Simington, $15,300.
9—Tunica Girl, f, 4, Gold Tribute--Forge Ahead, by Sunny's Halo. ($700 '11 LOUAUG). O-Sheri Hill Kitchens, B-Neal & Mary McFadden (LA), $5,100.
8—Graustarkian, f, 4, Mizzen Mast--Gilty Look, by Seeking the Gold. ($41,000 2012 TEXMAR). O-Vicente Rodarte, B-Heartlines Horse Ranch LP (LA), $2,805.
Winning Time: 1:24 3/5 (ft)
 
ALB, 6TH, ALW, $25,300, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 9-20.
5—WOODACOULDADID, f, 3, Minister Eric--Prospective Girl, by Langfuhr. O-Terrine G Ransier, B-Terrine Gale Ransier (NM), T-Jim Bob Arrington, J-Elvin Gonzalez, $15,180.
4—Roll So Gold, f, 3, Roman Emperor--Oh So Gold, by Touch Gold. O-Gallegos Del Norte Racing, B-Gallegos del Norte Racing (NM), $5,060.
3—Attila's Hunny, m, 5, Attila's Storm--Yummy Yummy, by Grand Jewel. O-Johnston, Raymond and Wanda, B-Raymond & Wanda Johnston (NM), $2,530.
Winning Time: 1:03 2/5 (ft)
 
LAD, 5TH, ALW, $23,260, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 9-20.
2—NITAP, f, 3, Istan--Pleasant Kaye, by Pleasant Colony. O-Seth J Harrington, B-Brereton C Jones & Brett Brinkman (LA), T-Joseph M. Foster, J-Chris R. Rosier, $14,700.
9—Midnight Angelus, f, 3, Midnight Lute--She's Our Angel, by Fusaichi Pegasus. O-Cush, Paul and Myatt, Margaret T, B-Destiny Oaks (FL), $4,100.
4—Sharp Quality, f, 3, Elusive Quality--Extra Sharp, by Cherokee Run. ($155,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Southern Equine Stable LLC, B-Casner Racing LP (KY), $2,255.
Winning Time: 1:12 (ft)
 
ALB, 8TH, ALW, $20,300, 3YO/UP, 7F, 9-19.
7—GRAND AND GREAT, g, 3, Grand Minstrel--Pompncircumstance, by Cash Deposit. ($2,600 '12 COLAUG). O-Justonemoretime LLC, B-F A Heckendorf Jr (CO), T-Tim Weeder, J-Brian James Theriot, $12,180.
5—Cowboy Skiny Kenny, g, 3, Cowboy Cal--Marys Prospect, by Prospectors Gamble. ($12,500 '12 KEESEP). O-Larry D Hagemeier, B-Sheltowee Farm & Gilman Hallenbeck (KY), $4,060.
4—Brynel, g, 4, Stormy Jack--Watershed Park, by Strodes Creek. ($3,000 '11 BESOCT). O-Van Keizerswaard, Neil, and Barrow, Daryl, B-Gary & Marlene Howard (CA), $2,030.
Winning Time: 1:22 (ft)

North American Maiden Winners
Amadeus Wolf (GB)--Chic Shanique by Dynaformer; MOSTLY MOZART, g, 2, AP, Mcl 62500, 9-20, a1mT, 1:39 . B-Indian Creek, DHG LLC & SBC LLC (KY.). $3,500 '12 KEENOV; $15,000 '13 KEESEP.
Candy Ride (ARG)--House of Danzing by Chester House; DUBAI SKY, c, 2, BEL, Msw, 9-20, 1 1/16mT, 1:43 3/5. B-Besilu Stables, LLC (KY.). *Full to Twirling Candy (G1$944,900) *1/2 to Ethnic Dance (G2$281,930).
Clever Cry--Zitty by Zede; SMART CRY, c, 2, RP, Msw, 9-19, 1mT, 1:40 4/5. B-Danny M. Brown & Donna B. Brown (LA.). $5,200 '13 TEXAUG.
Concerto--Twothirty by Belong to Me; MOOCH, f, 2, RP, Mcl 20000, 9-19, 5 1/2f, 1:05 3/5. B-Littlebrother Farm LLC (FL.).
Crafty Shaw--Kaaterskill by Railway Cat; KATZENJAMMER, f, 2, PEN, Mcl 12500, 9-20, 5f, 1:01 1/5. B-Richard C. Spicer & William D. Spitler (PA.).
Devon Lane--Reappear by Hadif; WEAPPEAR, g, 2, ALB, Msw, 9-20, 5 1/2f, 1:05 . B-Tony Pickard DVM (NM.).
Eaton's Gift--Auburn Forever by Migrating Moon; LUNA'S GIFT, f, 2, IND, Moc 15000, 9-20, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Swifty Farms Inc. (IN.). $900 '13 INDOCT. ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
El Corredor--Heavenly Empress by Pure Prize; SERIOUS HAPPINESS, f, 2, PRX, Msw, 9-20, 1m 70y, 1:44 3/5. B-Dr. Jose Birriel (NY.). $4,500 '13 OBSAUG; $10,500 2014 FTMMAY.
Flatter--Bank Deposit by Brahms; FLAT DEPOSIT, f, 2, CD, Mcl 50000, 9-20, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-T/C Stable, LLC (KY.). $30,000 '13 KEESEP.
Freud--Cape of Good Hope by Cape Town; SHERIFF TAYLOR, c, 2, FL, Msw, 9-20, 5 1/2f, 1:06 3/5. B-W. D. Burris Inc. (NY.). $7,200 '12 FTNOCT; $5,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Giant Gizmo--Initfortheroses by Crown Attorney; CUT TO THE CHASE, g, 2, WO, Msw, 9-20, 1m 70y, 1:43 4/5. B-Robert Fawns & Linda Fawns (ON.).
Good Journey--Go On Sophie by Albert the Great; PARTY ROCK, f, 2, LRC, Msw, 9-19, 5 1/2f, 1:04 3/5. B-Kaleem Shah, Inc. (CA.).
Idiot Proof--Marissa's Joy by Cee's Tizzy; RICHARD'S BOY, g, 2, LRC, Msw, 9-20, 5 1/2f, 1:03 3/5. B-Harold Tillema & Pamela Tillema (CA.).
K One King--Share by Stravinsky; FANTASY QUEEN, f, 2, LAD, Msw, 9-20, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-Steve Crowe (LA.).
Kitten's Joy--Stylish Ways by Empire Maker; WAYWARD KITTEN, c, 2, CD, Msw, 9-19, 1 1/16mT, 1:43 3/5. B-Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey (KY.).
Medaglia d'Oro--Communique (MG3$594,841), by Smart Strike; CARTA DE ORO, f, 2, CD, Msw, 9-20, 1mT, 1:36 4/5. B-G. Watts Humphrey Jr. (KY.).
Rock Slide--Waltz by Pleasant Tap; SARA ROCKS, f, 2, LRL, Mcl 25000, 9-20, 5 1/2f, 1:05 . B-Robert T. Manfuso (MD.). $18,000 '13 FTMSEP.
Scat Daddy--Baytree by Forestry; JERSEY JULES, f, 2, MTH, Mcl 40000, 9-20, 1m, 1:42 . B-Donver Stable (ON.). $55,000 2014 OBSMAR.
Sky Mesa--Special American by Quiet American; SKY LIMIT, f, 2, GP, Msw, 9-20, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Westana Ranches Inc. (KY.). $95,000 '13 FTKJUL. *1/2 to Montana Native (G2P$394,198).
Street Sense--Storm Lily by Storm Cat; FIRST DOWN, c, 2, BEL, Msw, 9-20, 6 1/2f, 1:16 . B-Darley (KY.).
Tale of the Cat--Matroshka (IRE) by Red Ransom; GATO DEL CIELO, f, 2, GP, Msw, 9-20, 5f, :59 2/5. B-Nursery Place LLC (KY.). $37,000 '13 KEESEP.
Thunder Gulch--Katys Gold Touch by Touch Gold; DENNIE'S DREAM, f, 2, AP, Mcl 15000, 9-20, 5 1/2f, 1:06 4/5. B-Carent Stables (IL.).
Tizdejavu--Melancholy by Run Softly; SISTER SHADES, f, 2, RET, Msw, 9-19, 7 1/2fT, 1:33 4/5. B-Barr Inman (KY.). $25,000 '13 KEESEP.
Tough Game--Fox on a Ridge by Silver Fox; FOXY LOVER, f, 2, STK, Mcl 12500, 9-20, 5f, :59 . B-Cheryl L. Bigon (CA.). $3,000 '13 CTNAUG.
U S Ranger--Lake Squared by Friends Lake; LADY DASH, f, 2, LRC, Mcl 30000, 9-19, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Brian Kahn & Atlas Farm, LLC (KY.).
Unbridled's Song--Touching Beauty (G3), by Tapit; CORPS OF DISCOVERY, g, 2, CD, Msw, 9-20, 5f, :58 2/5. B-Forging Oaks, LLC (KY.).
Value Plus--Bay of Gold by Seeking the Gold; GOLD VALUE, f, 2, GP, Mcl 25000, 9-20, 6f, 1:13 4/5. B-Family Broodmares III, LLC (FL.).
With Distinction--Fondant by Candy Ride (ARG); FOND OF SARAH, f, 2, SUF, Msw, 9-20, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Charles Assimakopoulos (FL.).
Zensational--Quarterly Report by General Meeting; GREAT REZULTS, c, 2, CD, Mcl 50000, 9-19, 6f, 1:11 4/5. B-Fog City Stables (KY.). $70,000 '13 KEESEP.
Afleet Alex--Fancy Vintage by Hennessy; MALBROS, g, 3, AP, Mcl 25000, 9-20, a1mT, 1:40 2/5. B-Margaux Farm LLC, et al (KY.). $22,000 '12 KEESEP.
Arch--Go Baby Go (IRE) by Lion Cavern; LOVE AND MARRIAGE, f, 3, BEL, Msw, 9-20, 1 1/16mT, 1:43 . B-Morgan's Ford Farm (VA.). $340,000 '12 KEESEP. *1/2 to River Fancy ($252,810) *1/2 to Go Blue Or Go Home (G3$370,595).
Around the Cape--Jovanna by Minardi; CAPE OF AFRICA, g, 3, ASD, Mcl 5000, 9-19, 6f, 1:15 . B-James Bruce & Myran Dram (MB.).
Birdstone--So Glitzy by Gilded Time; SO FESTIVE, f, 3, MTH, Mcl 20000, 9-20, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 . B-Mr. & Mrs. Leverett S. Miller (FL.).
Chief Seattle--Sassy Skipper by Skip Away; SEATTLE SASS, f, 3, IND, Mcl 10000, 9-19, 1m, 1:42 1/5. B-Highpointe Farm & Training Ctr (IN.).
Corinthian--Racing Luck (MSW$260,140), by Out of Place; CORINTHIAN LUCK, f, 3, DEL, Mcl 20000, 9-20, a1m 70yT, 1:41 . B-Farm III Enterprises LLC (FL.).
Cowboy Cal--Crafty Melissa by Crafty Friend; MY BOY CHISUM, g, 3, CD, Mcl 30000, 9-19, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-Bilbrey Farms, Inc. (KY.). $38,000 '12 KEESEP.
Da Stoops--Crafty Taylor by Capote; BRONCOJOENVINNY, g, 3, GP, Mcl 12500, 9-20, 1m, 1:41 1/5. B-Heumann-Suchke Enterprises LLC. (LA.). $10,500 '12 OBSAUG; $5,000 '12 OBSJAN; $20,000 2014 OBSJAN.
Devil His Due--Reason to Talk (MSW$308,692), by Sabona; DEVILISH REASON, f, 3, CD, Mcl 30000, 9-20, 1m, 1:38 1/5. B-Ronald Kirby & Tom Kirby (KY.).
English Channel--Adel by Strawberry Road (AUS); INTERPOL, c, 3, WO, Msw, 9-20, a1 1/2mT, 2:34 4/5. B-Richard L. Lister (ON.). $90,000 '12 FTKOCT.
Fairbanks--Paris Gem by Rubiano; RUBIESANDWRANGLERS, f, 3, PEN, Mcl 32000, 9-20, 5fT, :57 2/5. B-Epona Equine, LLC (PA.).
Fairbanks--Maximalista (ARG) by Equalize; NIKI AND DYLAN, g, 3, PRX, Mcl 10000, 9-20, 1 1/8m, 1:53 . B-Charles Winner & David Bienstock (PA.). $8,500 '11 FTMDEC.
First Samurai--Miss Class Action by Alleged; AIN'T SHE CLASSY, f, 3, BTP, Mcl 7500, 9-20, 1m, 1:41 2/5. B-Hinkle Farms (KY.). $20,000 '12 KEESEP. *1/2 to Putmeinyourwill (G3P$261,413).
Grindstone--Smiler by More Than Ready; STONEMAN, g, 3, EMD, Mcl 5000, 9-19, 1m, 1:40 3/5. B-Cedar Ridge Thoroughbreds LLC (OR.).
Harlan's Holiday--Songfest by Unbridled's Song; FOUR LEAF FETE, g, 3, AP, Mcl 12500, 9-20, 1 1/16m, 1:47 3/5. B-Glencrest Farm LLC & Kempton Bloodstock LLC (KY.). $80,000 '12 KEEJAN; $20,000 2013 OBSJUN.
Here's Zealous--Salt It Again by Lit De Justice; KEEPIN IT ZEAL, c, 3, PEN, Mcl 18000, 9-19, 6f, 1:11 4/5. B-Peter Kazamias (NY.).
Hey Chub--Tanta Bertie by Slew City Slew; SONOFACHUB, c, 3, MTH, Mcl 10000, 9-20, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Joe-Dan Farm (NJ.).
Jeffries Bay--Musical Maddness by Stop the Music; MUSCIAL MADAM, f, 3, ZIA, Mcl 6500, 9-20, 6f, 1:13 4/5. B-Don Young & Choya Young (NM.).
Louis Quatorze--Princess Perry by Point Given; LARRY LE ROI, c, 3, LRL, Msw, 9-20, 6f, 1:10 2/5. B-Richard Blue (MD.).
Major Success--Love's Mirage by Exchange Rate; LOVIN LADY, f, 3, IND, Msw, 9-19, 5 1/2f, 1:05 3/5. B-Everett R. Hammond (IN.).
Malibu Moon--Uncontrollable by Wild Again; MOON GUN, g, 3, CD, Mcl 10000, 9-20, 1 1/16m, 1:47 . B-Classic Thoroughbreds XXIII (KY.). $375,000 '12 FTKJUL.
Ministers Wild Cat--Natural Singer R N by Unbridled's Song; ALISSA R N, f, 3, LRC, Mcl 20000, 9-19, 6f, 1:10 4/5. B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (CA.).
More Than Ready--Pleasant n Low by Pleasant Tap; EIRIGH, r, 3, WO, Msw, 9-20, 6 1/2f, 1:16 . B-Cavendish Investing Ltd. (ON.). $100,000 '12 KEESEP.
My Golden Song--Senora Elegante by Littleexpectations; OUR ELEGANT SONG, f, 3, RET, Mcl 7500, 9-19, 5f, 1:00 3/5. B-Texas A&M University-Commerce (TX.).
My Sweet William--Prissy's a Ten by The Prime Minister; SU ELEGANCIA, f, 3, RET, Msw, 9-19, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Louis G Yaeger & Kerry A. Yaeger (TX.).
Niagara Causeway--Pyrite Grand Slam by Grand Slam; LOOCH'S BABY DOLL, f, 3, HP, Msw, 9-19, 5 1/2f, 1:09 4/5. B-Dr. D. W. Frazier (OH.). $3,000 '12 OBSAUG; $15,000 2013 OBSJUN.
Outing--Holy Rose by Touch Gold; TOUCH OF DANZIG, g, 3, EMD, Mcl 5000, 9-19, 5f, :59 . B-Mr. & Mrs. Elwin F. Gibson (WA.).
Put It Back--Don't Stop Dreamin by West Acre; DON'T STOP BACK, g, 3, MED, Mcl 16000, 9-19, 5fT, :58 1/5. B-Edwin T. Broome (NJ.).
Shakespeare--Stop Your Fussin by Labeeb (GB); ACADEMYPERFORMANCE, f, 3, MTH, Mcl 40000, 9-20, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 4/5. B-Darsan Inc. (FL.). $3,000 '12 OBSAUG; $6,000 2013 OBSJUN.
Snuck In--Marzi by Defrere; BECCA'S HEART, f, 3, RET, Mcl 5000, 9-19, 6f, 1:14 . B-Don Allen (LA.).
Stormello--Barbara n Louise by Strong Hope; STORMINBARBARAJEAN, f, 3, IND, Mcl 15000, 9-20, 5fT, :59 1/5. B-Hooper Roff (KY.). $5,500 '12 KEESEP.
Street Sense--Coronado Rose by Coronado's Quest; RUEDELAROSE, f, 3, DEL, Msw, 9-20, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Jack G. Jones Jr., Jim Geisler, James W. Hirschmann & David R. Houchin (KY.).
Tribal Rule--Belle Armour by Bertrando; KESLER, g, 3, NP, Mcl 12000, 9-19, 6f, 1:11 4/5. B-Mark Robbins (BC.). C$2,500 '12 BRCSEP.
Two Step Salsa--Migrating Zeal by Migrating Moon; MOONLIGHT SALSA, f, 3, GP, Mcl 12500, 9-20, 5f, 1:01 1/5. B-Joseph R. Waugh (FL.).
Utopia (JPN)--Queen Supreme by King of Kings (IRE); CHANNEL BOY, g, 3, FL, Mcl 15000, 9-20, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Howard C. Nolan (NY.). $3,000 '12 OBSJAN; $75,000 2013 OBSAPR. *1/2 to Channel Lady (MG3$344,260).
Value Plus--Saluki by Hennessy; CATCHING FIREFLIES, f, 3, AP, Mcl 50000, 9-20, a5 1/2fT, 1:02 3/5. B-Carson Springs Farm (IL.).
Devil His Due--Quiet Ways by Real Quiet; QUIET TRIBUTE, f, 4, TDN, Msw, 9-20, 6f, 1:15 1/5. B-Mary Crawford (OH.).
Exchange Rate--She's a Rebel Too by Two Punch; REBEL EXCHANGE, g, 4, LRL, Mcl 8000, 9-20, 1m, 1:38 2/5. B-Candy Meadows LLC & Jim R. Wells (KY.). $140,000 2012 OBSMAR.
Lemon Drop Kid--Dynamite Lass (G3), by Dynaformer; CLASSY KID, g, 4, WO, Mcl 25000, 9-20, 7f, 1:23 1/5. B-Adena Springs & Al Corrado Estate (KY.).
Lion Hearted--Roberta Grump by Verification; A GRUMPY LION, g, 4, CT, Mcl 5000, 9-19, 4 1/2f, :55 . B-Robert H. Lloyd (WV.). *1/2 to Sweet Annuity (MSW$260,052) *1/2 to Shesagrumptoo (MSW$453,005) *1/2 to Natures Annuity (MSP$448,038) *1/2 to Russell Road (MSW$1,672,234).
Siphon (BRZ)--A Million Smiles by Say Florida Sandy; O'FLAHERTY, c, 4, PEN, Mcl 18000, 9-19, 1 1/16m, 1:50 . B-Tea Party Stable (PA.).
Swamp--Validalia by Valid Expectations; SWAMP EXPRESS, g, 4, LAD, Mcl 12500, 9-20, 1 1/16mT, 1:45 1/5. B-Heiligbrodt Racing Stable (TX.).
Tannersmyman--For My Angel by Phone Saga; COUNCILMAN, g, 4, STK, Mcl 8000, 9-20, 5f, :57 3/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Clifford D. Moyle (CA.).
Two Punch--Crafty Brat by Lucky Lionel; CRAFTY PUNCH, g, 4, CT, Msw, 9-19, 4 1/2f, :54 1/5. B-James W. Casey (WV.).
Whywhywhy--Helen Cordelia by Prized; VALIENTE CORAZON, g, 4, TDN, Mcl 7500, 9-20, 6f, 1:14 4/5. B-Bruce Kline & Nick Strong (KY.).
Special Rate--R P's Lady by Victory Speech; CHRISTIANS SPECIAL, g, 5, ALB, Mcl 8000, 9-20, 1m, 1:39 1/5. B-Clyde LaMar & Shawna LaMar (TX.).
With Distinction--Golden Royalty by Unzipped; GOLDIE'S PRINCE, g, 5, BTP, Mcl 7500, 9-20, 6f, 1:13 . B-Helen Napolitano (FL.). $1,000 '10 OBSJAN; $5,000 2011 OBSJUN.
Wiseman's Ferry--Secret Breeze by Secret Hello; VOLO DEL VENTO, g, 6, CT, Mcl 5000, 9-19, 1 1/16m, 1:50 3/5. B-Cedar Meadow, Inc. (NY.).

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Miss Behaviour tackles competitive Charles Town Oaks

Miss Behaviour brings a trio of runner-up graded efforts into the Charles Town Oaks (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Miss Behaviour headlines an overflow field of 12 entered to sprint seven furlongs Saturday in the Grade 3, $500,000 Charles Town Oaks, the feature event scheduled for the track's sixth annual Race for the Ribbon program. The Phil Schoenthal trainee is suffering from a case of seconditis lately but could break through with a victory against this group.

The bay daughter of Jump Start is no stranger to the stakes ranks, recording wins in the Matron at Belmont and Monmouth Park's Sorority during her juvenile season. She ran second in the Sharp Cat back at Belmont before finishing fifth, her only unplaced run to date, in the Delta Downs Princess to close out 2013.

Thus far as a sophomore Miss Behaviour has captured the Miss Preakness and placed third in the Stormy Blues as well as second in her past trio of graded efforts -- the Prioress, Test and Victory Ride. The Test, a seven-furlong Grade 1 affair, saw the bay lass rally to just miss by a length on the wire behind Sweet Reason.

"I don't think there's any seconditis there," Schoenthal stated. "If that's the way it goes, there's no shame in defeat facing that type of horses. A lot of times it's the trip and the pace and how it shakes out. She's the kind of horse that gives her best effort and is always right there."

Schoenthal believes the setup on Saturday night may play to his filly's strengths.

"That (Delta Princess) was a mile at the end of a long campaign and shipping across the country and she probably just wasn't at her best that day. In the Victory Ride and Test she proved her worth against the best fillies in the country going six and a half or seven furlongs," he said.

"The bullring (at Charles Town) plays to her advantage. Hopefully she'll be on or near the lead turning for home and the closers will have to pick up their rally on the turn and weave through traffic on the turn rather than making their move."

With his filly installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite, Schoenthal hopes for an effort that keeps his stable star moving forward in the ranks of the country's top female sprinters.

"She is without question the greatest horse I've ever been around," he praised. "I want everyone to see how special she is."

Miss Behaviour will get a new pilot in jockey Jevian Toledo on Saturday.

Size is something of a puzzle in this race following a resounding defeat in the Alabama, but could return to form on the cutback to seven furlongs.

"The purse and the distance are the reasons to try the Oaks," trainer Bill Mott remarked. "We think she could be effective. She's proven that she's pretty good at a mile and a sixteenth. We think between she could be effective between seven furlongs and a mile and a sixteenth."

The First Samurai filly opened her career with three wins and a second over the spring and early summer, including victory in the Iowa Oaks on June 28. She was given seven weeks off following that contest and returned August 16 for the Alabama at Saratoga.

Unfortunately, Size was ninth and last in that 10-furlong contest, her first time running farther than 1 1/16 miles. The chestnut miss might enjoy Saturday's cutback in distance and keeps Junior Alvarado in the irons.

"I don't know what happened," Mott added. "She didn't want any part of a mile and a quarter. At least on that day she didn't."

Saintly Joan and Aqua Regia faced off in the Monmouth Oaks last out with the latter finishing second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of her third-place running rival. However, once the race had been declared official, their order had been reversed by the stewards. That gave Saintly Joan, winner of the Little Silver two races prior, the runner-up spot while Aqua Regia was forced to settle for third in just her second stakes attempt.

Saintly Joan has proven capable over multiple surfaces and distances (Bill Denver/Equi-Photo)

The Tom Albertrani-conditioned Aqua Regia will be cutting back to less than a mile for the first time since December and gets Eddie Castro returning to the saddle.

"For us, it looks like our filly is coming off a good race," Albertrani said of Aqua Regia. "We think she could handle the track. We're taking our chances with her stepping her up a little. But we felt our filly is coming off a nice race and felt this race might set up well for her."

The versatile Saintly Joan, who comes from trainer Patrick McBurney's shedrow, has competed short and long, on dirt, synthetic and turf, thus far in her short career. Angel Serpa was aboard the Northern Afleet filly for the Little Silver and has the call on Saturday.

"She was down on the inside and kind of saving ground and looking good," McBurney described Saintly Joan's troubled trip in the Monmouth Oaks. "It was almost at the point of the turn where there are a few little trees in there and we lost sight of her. When I picked her back up she was back in sixth place down on the inside. She actually hit the inside rail when the horse came down on her."

Come Saturday night, McBurney just hopes Saintly Joan not only gets a better trip, but also handles the configuration of the Charles Town oval.

"You never know when a horse shipping in will handle those turns, but we'll see," he added. "She's a good-sized, big three-year-old filly. Her running style is that she likes to be in the mix. Hopefully, we'll get a good stalking trip."

Stormy Novel ran second to Miss Behaviour in the Miss Preakness on May 16 and hasn't been seen in competition since taking the July 20 Miss Woodford. The John Servis charge will break from the rail while making her return in this spot under Kendrick Carmouche.

"To me, she went into the race really, really good, and she ran second out of the one hole, but it proved to me she was a quality filly," Servis said of Stormy Novel's effort in the Miss Preakness. "I ran her back a little soon in the Jostle, and it was home (at Parx), but it was too quick back for her. So I gave her some time, and she ran super in the Monmouth race (winning the Miss Woodford) and she's doing great for this race."

After winning the Miss Woodford, Servis decided to give his filly two months off -- a decision he attributes to little else but timing.

"The only other race in our timeframe was the Prioress, but I'd have to ship to Saratoga and then come right back in three weeks and ship to Charles Town," he explained. "I just figured I'd skip the Prioress and go right to this. My filly's doing awesome. If I'm not top three, she's just not good enough."

Also of note in the Charles Town's feature contest Saturday are Executive Allure and Nesso. The former scored her opening two races this year and exits a runner-up effort in Woodbine's Ontario Colleen. Nesso won the seven-furlong Gasparilla at Tampa Bay Downs in January and is already on her fourth trainer.

Stakes vixen Kiss to Remember and dual stakes-placed Pixie Dust complete the main body of the field. Discreetly Elusive, a half-length third in the Miss Woodford two back, and Saratoga maiden-claiming romper Sky Crew need defections to draw in from the also-eligible list.

There are five other stakes on the Race for the Ribbon card. Pants on Fire faces seven rivals in the $100,000 Wild and Wonderful going seven furlongs off a neck second in the Left Bank at Belmont Park on September 5. That followed a half-length second in the Philip H. Iselin and a third to open his seven-year-old season in the July 27 Monmouth Cup.

One race later, an overflow field of 12 distaffers has been entered to go the same distance in the $100,000 Pink Ribbon. Multiple Grade 2-placed Strike the Moon, the 2011 Charles Town Oaks heroine, finished second in this event 12 months ago and will take on multiple stakes queen Geeky Gorgeous and Flattering Bea, who is 5-4-0-0 over the track including the April 19 Sugar Maple.

There are three $50,000 stakes also scheduled, each carded at 4 1/2 furlongs and restricted to registered West Virginia-breds -- the It's Only Money for three-year-olds and up, the Henry Mercer Memorial for juveniles and the Rachel's Turn for two-year-old fillies which will kick off the stakes action for the day.

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Multiple Grade 1 winner Goldencents (Into Mischief) is scheduled to make his turf debut in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland on October 4. "We like the timing and the distance," trainer Doug O'Neill said in explaining the reason for the move to grass after a 16-race campaign on dirt and synthetic, including a 4 1/4-length score in the Pat O'Brien S. (G1) at seven furlongs on Del Mar's Polytrack August 24. "He acts like he'll run on anything, so we thought we'd give it a try," O'Neill said. "If all goes well we'll probably come back in the (Breeders' Cup) Dirt Mile ([G1] October 31), but if he were to run a Wise Dan-type of performance (in the Shadwell), then you never know. But the Shadwell is a great fit on our calendar. It works out well and the horse is doing great. We know he likes to travel, so we're going to try it and see what happens." The Breeders' Cup would be Goldencents' last race. The four-year-old colt owned by W.C. Racing is headed for stud at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky after that where he will stand for $12,500...

Dual champion Beholder (Henny Hughes), fully recovered from an injury in the Ogden Phipps (G1) at Belmont Park June 7, makes her first start since when she defends her title in the $300,000 Zenyatta S. (G1) at Santa Anita on September 27. "She'll have one more work (Saturday) and we're ready to go," Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella. Mike Smith takes over on Beholder for Gary Stevens, who is poised to ride again after recovering from knee replacement surgery. "Smith is at the top of his game and he's a top rider," Mandella said. Meanwhile, Santa Anita Oaks (G1) and Las Virgenes S. (G1) winner Fashion Plate (Old Fashioned) had been considered for the Zenyatta pending a workout this weekend, but Simon Callaghan called an audible. "We're not going to run" the trainer said Friday morning. "She's fine. We're just going to wait."...

Bargain claim Big Macher (Beau Genius) worked six furlongs in company on Santa Anita's main track Wednesday in 1:13 flat under Tyler Baze, after which trainer Richard Baltas said he was undecided on running the former $20,000 claimer in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) on October 4. Big Macher won the Bing Crosby S. (G1) at Del Mar July 27, then disappointed in the Pat O'Brien (G2) on August 24, finishing sixth of seven, beaten 11 1/4 lengths. "The Santa Anita Sprint Championship is a possibility," Baltas said after the work. Asked his take on the disappointing showing in the O'Brien, Baltas had a candid response. "I think I ran him back too quick. His blood wasn't perfect after the race. It was nothing major but something was a little bit off. He came back sound, so I assumed it was just the four-month layoff (from winning the Potrero Grande (G2) at Santa Anita on April 12 to capturing the Crosby) and then coming back in the O'Brien in less than four weeks."...

Citing a healthy equine inventory and increasing demand, Santa Anita and the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) have announced that two additional race dates -- October 16 and 29 -- have been added to Santa Anita's upcoming Autumn Meet, which opens on September 26. The Autumn Meet will now offer fans and horsemen 25 racing days, to be highlighted by the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships on October 31 and November 1. "There is a great deal of anticipation for our upcoming meet and we feel these two additional dates will be well received by everyone," said Santa Anita President Tom Ludt. "Our racing calendar here in Southern California is still in a transitional stage and we're confident this will help to better fulfill everyone's needs." The first additional date, October 16, will follow a special Columbus Day of racing on October 13. The second date, October 29, will ensure that Santa Anita will conduct a five-day race week leading into the Breeders' Cup, thus providing live racing to potential thousands of Cup visitors. Closing day is November 2...

Trainer David Simcock has reported that Trade Storm (Trade Fair) and Sheikhzayedroad (Dubawi) -- who handed the conditioner a Grade 1 double in the Woodbine Mile and Northern Dancer on Sunday -- have both exited their efforts in good order and could log more air miles in the near future. "The two horses have arrived back happy and well," Simcock said. "They'll be given an easy few days during which we will discuss options with their connections. Sheikhzayedroad could possibly go to Ascot (for the Champion S. [Eng-G1] on October 18), but only if it came up very soft, or probably back to Canada for the (Canadian) International ([Can-G1] on October 19). Sheikh Fahad will decide whether Trade Storm goes to America for the Breeders' Cup Mile (on November 2) or to Australia for his next run (in the Cox Plate [Aus-G1] on October 26)," Simcock added...

In Friday's 80,000 La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte (Fr-G3), Fractional (Manduro) was settled toward the back of midpack early by Maxime Guyon. The Andre Fabre trainee needed to be rousted along as the contest entered the final quarter-mile but responded to grab the advantage with 100 meters remaining and outstay Singapore Airlines International Cup (Mal-G1) runner-up and Arlington Million (G1) sixth Smoking Sun (Smart Strike). "We felt beforehand that he was back to his best and he proved it today," Godolphin's Lisa-Jane Graffard commented. "The race went very well for him -- he was very relaxed throughout and quickened nicely. Today was his main target and we have no plans for him at the moment." Third in the Prix Eugene Adam (Fr-G2) over Friday's track and 10-furlong trip in July 2012, Fractional went on to success in the listed Prix de Tourgeville and Prix Quincey (Fr-G3) going a mile at Deauville the following month before heading for the shelf. On a roll coming into this on the back of mile conditions scores at Lyon-Parilly and Longchamp, the bay signaled his return to better company with a game win moving back up to this distance for the first time since his sophomore days...

Milam (Street Sense) enters Saturday's $100,000 Dogwood S. (G3) at Churchill Downs ready for a rematch with Fiftyshadesofgold (My Golden Song), whom she finished a half-length behind in the Eight Belles S. (G3) on Kentucky Oaks Day. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Milam finished third in her last effort, the June 29 Victory Ride (G3) at Belmont Park. "Fiftyshadesofgold is one of the horses to beat," Kenneally said. "She's a tough horse but we're doing as well as we possibly can, so we'll see. I think it'll be a close race for sure. The race came up tough; it's a solid, deep race. Milam's doing really well; she hasn't run in a little while but she's worked over the Churchill track a couple of times this month and she's ready to run." Milam's last breeze under the Twin Spires came September 13 with a half-mile workout in :49. "She's been consistent all along," Kenneally said. "She likes the track and ran a big race in the Eight Belles at seven furlongs so it's an ideal spot for her."...

Mike Mayo, a handicapping tournament mainstay and the longtime chairman of the NHC Players' Committee, passed away Thursday after a brief illness. Mike and his wife, Marsha, were familiar faces at racetracks and handicapping tournaments around the country, including at the NHC, where he was a 10-time qualifier. As chairman of the NHC Players' Committee, Mayo was a tireless advocate for the horseplayer and a staunch believer that the NHC could help grow the popularity of horse racing. Under Mayo's steady hand, the committee helped set the stage for the 2008 launch of the NHC Tour, which connects tournaments through a points system and prize money. He was a longtime proponent of a "Final Table" format for the NHC. His vision become reality earlier this year when the NHC instituted a "Final 50" and "Final Table." Several years ago, Mayo sent a letter to the NTRA formally requesting that the organization appoint a horseplayer to its board of directors. He felt strongly that horseplayers, whose wagering dollars fuel every aspect of the industry, deserved a seat and voice at the table. In August, Judy Wagner became the first horseplayer elected to serve on the 13-member NTRA board. Funeral arrangements for Mayo are pending. Horseplayers and friends are asked to consider a contribution to Old Friends retirement farm, to go toward the care of the beautiful animals that brought him so much pleasure. Contributions can be made directly to Old Friends, 1841 Paynes Depot Road, Georgetown, Kentucky 40324 or online via PayPal at oldfriendsequine.org...

Grade 3 hero Divine Oath (Broken Vow) will square off against six sophomore rivals in Saturday's $150,000 Kent (G3) at Delaware Park. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Divine Oath will receive class relief in the 1 1/8-mile turf affair following a sixth in the Secretariat (G1) on the Arlington Million undercard. He captured the American Derby (G3) two starts back and will pick up a new rider in Jose Caraballo. Stakes victor Cabo Cat (Kitten's Joy) exits a third in the Saranac (G3) at Saratoga and Bashart (War Front), a Grade 2-winning juvenile, was fourth in the same event while making his first attempt for trainer Michael Matz. Craftsman (Craftsman) is the lone horse with a win over the Delaware turf, capturing the Nick Shuk Memorial two starts back for Graham Motion...

Newbury plays host to the sprinting juveniles on Saturday, with Strath Burn (Equiano) bidding to cement his burgeoning reputation in the £75,000 Mill Reef S. (Eng-G2). Following a clear-cut maiden success in his July 3 debut going five furlongs over the track, the bay was denied a half-length by Kool Kompany (Jeremy) in the Prix Robert Papin (Fr-G2) going a half-furlong farther at Maisons-Laffitte on July 20. "This race has always been the plan, as we were keen not to over-race him this season," trainer Charlie Hills told PA Sport. "He's a horse we really like and he'll be even better next season. We've been pleased with his work at home and he looks to have a nice chance." Unbeaten so far and the last rival to get the better of Strath Burn's classy stablemate Cotai Glory (Exceed and Excel) is Limato (Tagula), who was clearly the better of the two when they clashed in the July 18 listed Rose Bowl S. over Saturday's track and six-furlong trip last out. Conditioner Henry Candy is taking a cautious approach with Limato after being forced to sidestep the Gimcrack (Eng-G2) at York last month due to a bad scope. "His form is good and he's obviously a good horse," Candy told PA Sport. "He's had two courses of antibiotics and his training has been a bit stop-start, so I'd just be a bit worried in that regard. He seems well now, but you'd just have to be a little worried how much it has affected him. I mustn't be too downbeat, though, as he's a very exciting horse." The unexposed types will be tested by Jungle Cat (Iffraaj), who has been either second or third in four consecutive Group 2 races, and also Norfolk (Eng-G2) scorer Baitha Alga (Fast Company). Trainer Richard Hannon is hoping for a return to his prior best from Baitha Alga, who was inexplicably poor when last of nine in the Gimcrack and is forced to carry a penalty for his Royal Ascot exploits. "Nothing came to light as to why Baitha Alga ran so poorly in the Gimcrack, but we have suffered some surprise reverses in two-year-old races at York before and just put it down to a bad day at the office," Hannon remarked. "That is the only blip on his CV -- his overall form is very sound and he is a real professional so, despite the three-pound penalty, we feel that he will run his race. He worked very nicely under Kieran O'Neill on Tuesday, switching off beautifully, which he didn't do at York."...

France's elite juveniles are beginning to build toward their all-important autumn targets, with Saturday's 80,000 Prix des Chenes (Fr-G3) at Longchamp the first pointer for the Criterium International (Fr-G1), and as usual it is to Andre Fabre that all refer as the record-holding trainer looks for an eighth edition. Of his pair, De Treville (Oasis Dream) has yet to disappoint, and the 850,000 guineas purchase will remain exciting until his fortunes dip. With just a July 17 seven-furlong maiden win to his name at Chantilly, the son of the high-class Dar Re Mi (Singspiel) has a lot to prove but has the pedigree to hit the heights and is in the right hands to be guided in that direction. Interestingly, the rival that De Treville had back in second last out was beaten out of sight by Evasive's First (Evasive) in the August 2 listed Prix des Jouvenceaux des Jouvencelles going seven furlongs at Vichy, and he sets a marginal standard. July 13 listed Prix Roland de Chambure winner Kenfreeze (Kendargent) represents the form of Longchamps's Prix la Rochette (Fr-G3), having been fifth behind Full Mast (Mizzen Mast) in that September 7 highlight, while Cherek (Paco Boy) is open to improvement after his August 30 Deauville maiden score...

Later on Longchamp's Saturday program, the €80,000 Prix du Prince d'Orange (Fr-G3) offers the latecomers a final chance to enter the Arc picture and one who could yet book a ticket to the showcase event is unbeaten Orienteer (Dansili). Brought along steadily by Andre Fabre so far, the homebred descendant of the high-class All at Sea (Riverman) beat subsequent Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) runner-up Shamkiyr (Sea the Stars) in his April 3 debut going 10 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte prior to a five-month lay-off. Back with a win over Saturday's course and 10-furlong distance on September 4, Orienteer faces an examination of his raw material in this spot with the likes of Free Port Lux (Oasis Dream) in attendance. Having beaten subsequent top-level scorers Adelaide (Galileo) and Gallante (Montjeu) in the 11-furlong Prix Hocquart (Fr-G2) on May 11, the bay was only 14th in the Jockey Club at Chantilly on June 1 and fourth in the Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-G1) going 12 furlongs at Longchamp on July 13 before running second in Deauville's Prix Guillaume d'Ornano (Fr-G2) back at this distance on August 15...

Horsemen are reminded that the Horses of Racing Age section of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2014 Fall Mixed Sale is closing on Monday. The consignor contract form is available via the OBS website. A total of 468 horses are presently cataloged for the Mixed Sale, scheduled to begin on October 14 with Hip Numbers 1-238 selling in the consignor preferred session. Hips 239-470 in the open session will be offered on October 15 followed immediately by the Horses of Racing Age section. Both sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. (EDT). An optional under tack show is scheduled for October 13 at 10 a.m. (EDT). As always, the sale and under tack show will be streamed live via the OBS website, which will also offer a sortable master index providing searchable pedigree and consignor information as well as access to pedigree updates occurring since the catalog was printed...

Jim Pegram will handle business at the upcoming Santa Anita fall meet for 20-year-old newcomer Alex Canchari, who missed tying for the recent Canterbury Park riding title by one win. He tied with Dean Butler at 63 each, one behind winner Ry Eikleberry. "I missed 28 days of the meet and still almost won the title," said Canchari, a native of Shakopee, Minnesota, who is of Peruvian descent. "My father is from the same home town (Arequipa) as Rafael Bejarano."...

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will offer free general admission on Saturday, September 27, as part of Smithsonian magazine's 10th annual Museum Day Live! program. The Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EDT). A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! ticket is available via download at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. Visitors who present the ticket will be granted free admission for two people to the Museum on September 27 only...

Trainer Neil French is in Arcadia (California) Methodist Hospital after suffering a serious injury to his left leg in a fall at his barn early this week. "I saw him two days ago, just a day after surgery, and he was pretty comfortable and doing well that evening, but he said he was in intensive care the day before," trainer Richard Mandella said. French stable foreman Tomas Nunez said Friday morning that he had visited his 62-year-old boss the previous day and he was talking and in good spirits.

Racing Highlights

For Sunday

BELMONT PARK (1:05): $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard S., 2yo, 7f (2ND); $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma S., 2yo, f, 7f (4TH).
HASTINGS PARK (4:50): $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f (6TH); $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f (7TH).
LOS ALAMITOS (5:00): $75,000 Las Madrinas S., 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m (5TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $50,000 Scarlet & Gray H., 3&up, f&m, 6f (7TH).
WOODBINE (1:00): $150,000 Ontario Derby (Can-G3), 3yo, 1 1/8m (9TH); $125,000 La Lorgnette S., 3yo, f, 1 1/16m (6TH).

*all times Eastern

Carryover Watch

For Sunday or Next Raceday

GULFSTREAM:   Pick 6 -- $50,000
ARLINGTON:   Pick 9 -- $39,163
LAUREL:   Pick 5 -- $19,297

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Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Sunday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Arlington Park   (5th) Pirates Vow, 7-2
    (6th) Hey Pretty Boy, 5-1
Belmont Park   (1st) Path to Power, 4-1
    (4th) Temper Mint Patty, 4-1
Belterra Park   (1st) Recovery Girl, 4-1
    (2nd) Here's Decash, 7-2
Churchill Downs   (1st) Lost Kodiak, 7-2
    (4th) Whiskey Runner, 7-2
Emerald Downs   (2nd) Ifsowhynot, 3-1
    (6th) Park That Truck, 7-2
Fort Erie   (4th) Portomaso, 9-2
    (9th) Pegu, 5-1
Gulfstream Park   (2nd) Cosmic Crown, 4-1
    (7th) Quiet Hour, 6-1
Hastings Park   (1st) Little Blossom, 4-1
    (6th) Sedin, 4-1
Los Alamitos   (2nd) Fly High, 4-1
    (7th) Zoom Bag, 8-1
Louisiana Downs   (1st) Brother Day, 4-1
    (4th) Catch This Fish, 4-1
Monmouth Park   (2nd) Pepe, 7-2
    (4th) Gene's Blue Moon, 5-1
Mountaineer   (1st) Lite Up the Stage, 6-1
    (2nd) II Mangia Troppo, 3-1
Presque Isle Downs   (1st) Rage and Ruin, 3-1
    (6th) Pyro City, 7-2
Thistledown   (3rd) Cash Conversion, 4-1
    (8th) Sing the Blues, 3-1
Woodbine   (5th) Drago's Best, 4-1
    (8th) Spin Wild, 8-1

HIGHLIGHTS

For Sunday

BELMONT PARK (1:05): $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard S., 2yo, 7f (2ND); $150,000 Joseph A. Gimma S., 2yo, f, 7f (4TH).
HASTINGS PARK (4:50): $100,000 Jack Diamond Futurity, 2yo, c&g, 6 1/2f (6TH); $100,000 Sadie Diamond Futurity, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f (7TH).
LOS ALAMITOS (5:00): $75,000 Las Madrinas S., 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m (5TH).
THISTLEDOWN (12:55): $50,000 Scarlet & Gray H., 3&up, f&m, 6f (7TH).
WOODBINE (1:00): $150,000 Ontario Derby (Can-G3), 3yo, 1 1/8m (9TH); $125,000 La Lorgnette S., 3yo, f, 1 1/16m (6TH).

*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.

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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.